material research, animations, essay

RE: Generative Images is an experiment in rejecting technological progress narratives and embracing environmentally-informed methods as joyful guardrails rather than limitations. A project developed in response to the environmental harms of AI images, it consists of material research around the use of plants to produce photographic emulsions together with writing. The emulsions, made of plants such as American pokeweed and Goldenrod, were ethically harvested, laboriously processed, exposed in the sun, and left unfixed. Allowed to degrade and decay, these images can be made and remade.

a time to tear, a time to mend, Wönzimer Gallery, Los Angeles, 2022

Documentation photos by Ian Byers Gambel & Isabel Beavers