A PAUSE WITH THE FOREST

Lumen Self Portrait Grid

A Pause With The Forest addresses my personal experience with my family’s land. The forest offers a place of peace among growing flora and wind blowing through pine needles. Here, my mind rests like a patient dormant seed. In the process of creating this work, I performatively germinate on the sandy soil, sitting with the slow passage of time. Embodying the forest in this way is an act of renewal and reflection. Through the alternative process of lumen printing, I allow the sun, the pine, and my body to make contact with silver gelatin paper exposing my image.

Installation of Pause With The Forest by Lisa Bridges

Installation view at the Blaffer Art Museum, 2021

Installation of Pause With The Forest by Lisa Bridges
Installation of A Pause With The Forest by Lisa Bridges

Installation view at G Spot Contemporary, 2021

Both historical and modern practices are combined to produce a digital print on silk organza. The sheer fabric’s motion mirrors the flow of the breeze in the forest. When installed, the slightest gust of air picks up the fabric and allows it to move in and out, like my breath as I lay bare during the exposure. What does it mean to pause and rest? To connect, reflect and breathe?