|Dornith Doherty - s t o c k p i l e
at Holly Johnson Gallery through December 23
by Todd Camplin
Dornith Doherty is making mythical, scientific, visually imaginative, and intellectually stimulating
digital chromogenic lenticular photographs. Her work, exhibited at Holly Johnson Gallery, gives
back to the viewer so much more than just the surface image.
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|Dornith Doherty’s work is about photography in the way the medium is used to explore an object in
a very technical manner. The images in the show are shots of x-rayed seeds. The process and
technique really shine through in these works. I see most photography as plot driven. Doherty
follows this tradition through the story of a particular collection of seeds and about their storage
to keep our food supply and other botanicals biologically diverse. Doherty traveled to these Banks
that collect and store seeds, where she collected portraits of individual little pre-plants. She finally
displays them like a science museum might store specimens in a drawer, only hers are on the wall.
In the work “Millennium Seed Bank Research Seedlings and Lochner-Stuppy Test Garden,” she
created multiple sized rectangles which are collaged in a grid. The white objects seem to glow
brightly against the very dark blue background.
|Millennium Seed Bank Research Seedlings and Lochner-Stuppy Test Garden (2011)
Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph
79 x 36 inches