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