20 x 16 inch C-print
Edition of 1/5
These images come from The Dissolving Landscape, a series of experimental analogue photographs that examine climate change in the landscapes of Canada and Nordic Europe. The project asks the question: what are we losing, in terms of our spiritual connection to the land, as the climate rapidly changes? The project incorporates several alternative photographic techniques, but this selection features soaked film. Colour film is soaked in acidic solutions prior to exposure to degrade the emulsion, with the aim of conveying the transcendent and fragile qualities of the land. The ways the images warp and melt highlight the spiritual power of the natural environment and also lament its destruction as the planet warms.
Ella Morton (she/her) is a Canadian visual artist and filmmaker living in Tkarón:to/Toronto. Her expedition-based practice has brought her to residencies and projects across Canada, Scandinavia and Antarctica. Working primarily with lens-based media, she uses experimental analogue processes to capture the sublime and fragile qualities of remote landscapes. She earned a BFA from Parsons School of Design (New York) in 2008 and an MFA from York University (Toronto) in 2015. She has exhibited her work internationally, including shows at Lonsdale Gallery (Toronto), Foley Gallery (New York), the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins), Contemporary Calgary (Calgary), Galérie AVE (Montréal), Viewpoint Gallery (Halifax), Photographic Center Northwest (Seattle), the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art (Kelowna) and Hanstholm Art Space (Denmark). Her practice has been supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the National Film Board of Canada.