Simone Kessler

Quercus ilex II2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 157 × 132 cm, (exhibition view)
2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 157 × 132 cm
(exhibition view)
Tangle I (Ginkgo biloba)2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 46 × 30 cm, (exhibition view)
2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 46 × 30 cm
(exhibition view)
Raíz V2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 22 × 28 cm, (exhibition view)
2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 22 × 28 cm
(exhibition view)
Ramalina farinacea II2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 16 x 18 cm, (exhibition view)
2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 16 x 18 cm
(exhibition view)
Ginkgo biloba2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 137 x 137 cm, (exhibition view)
2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 137 x 137 cm
(exhibition view)
Tangle II (Ginkgo biloba)2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 37 x 25 cm, (exhibition view)
2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 37 x 25 cm
(exhibition view)
Chlorophytum comosum2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 63,5 × 82 cm, (exhibition view)
2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 63,5 × 82 cm
(exhibition view)
Raíz I (Quercus ilex)2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 82 × 67 cm, (exhibition view)
2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 82 × 67 cm
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Raíz II (Quercus ilex)2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 62 × 82 cm, (exhibition view)
2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 62 × 82 cm
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Gefüge2021, (exhibition view)
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Gefüge2021, (exhibition view)
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Gefüge2021, (exhibition view)
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Gefüge2021, (exhibition view)
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Gefüge2021, (exhibition view)
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Quercus ilex2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 82 × 114 cm, (exhibition view)
2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric framed with lime, 82 × 114 cm
(exhibition view)
Raíz VI2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric, 21,6 × 28,3 cm
2021, cyanotype on cotton fabric, 21,6 × 28,3 cm

Gefüge is an ecosophical examination of the cognitive and communicative structures of plants. Following Anna Atkins (English botanist and photographer, 1799 - 1871), Kessler focuses on an artistic field study of the root connections of trees and smaller plants. The photograms, taken on location, show a detailed image of the underground ramifications. Due to their almost graphic reduction, it is nevertheless hard to tell if is it a root network, the discharge of electrical particles, a nerve thread or a vascular system? The large-format fabric panels allow us to get very close to the motifs and concurrently make us aware that any analysis of living systems requires a separation of individual parts that can never do justice to the totality of the complex.

From the Series Earthly Matters:

At the height of global capitalism, we continue to consume,
produce and live in a world that cannot regenerate at nearly
the same speed. The body of work Earthly Matters defines
our scope of action within this scenario as a space for imagination.
Simone Kessler‘s current works from installations and
sculptures to film, photographs and drawings. Each work is
dedicated, in its way, to central questions: Which problems do
we have to face today? Which other images of tomorrow are
already possible? How can we think them together? To use the
last words of a science fiction trilogy by Octavia E. Butler: How
can we sow them into fertile soil?

Earthly Matters is a body of work since 2019