Dayna Desireé Bartoli

Chronostasis

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Chronostasis is a photographic documentation of experiments in preserving collected plant samples in resin. When organic material is treated for preservation, it results in something that may no longer be considered natural. Time appears frozen at a point in what is normally a constantly evolving process of decay. In my pseudo-scientific experiments, I relinquish strict scientific control in favor of playful curiosity, allowing the chemical reaction to produce unexpected results in the plant samples. Within the petri dish objects, preservation is only a temporal illusion. Bacteria continue to eat away at the organic material at a slow rate, dissolving parts of the samples to a point where all that is left is a transparent filmy residue. The photographs document a slice of time in the process of a slowed decay, adding another layer of preservation and pointing to the contradictions and oddities implicit in the attempt to simultaneously control and authentically preserve.