Artist based in Toronto, Canada
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untitled/unportraits, 2013 - 2015

untitled/unportraits is a body of images that mines a collection of found 19th century daguerreotype portraits to explore the dual nature of the photo as immutable and impermanent. These portraits have transformed into abstracted, shapeless forms through the process of degradation—the work of colonies of microbes feeding on the silver and extruding the metals, creating a haze of disfiguring blooms and pockmarks.

Images courtesy of Marion S. Carson daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress)
Unidentified person seated
Unidentified woman
Unidentified man head and shoulders
Andrew Jackson Downing
Unknown man
Dolley Madison, three-quarter length portrait of a woman, facing front, seated