Artist based in Toronto, Canada
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untitled/unportraits, 2013-2019

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 Library of Congress