621 Presents

Transcriptions: Indices from the Earth

An exhibition by Kyra Schmidt

Soft Opening: May 31st
Event at 6:30 PM
Talk begins 7 PM

Opening Reception: June 1st 6PM-9:30PM
Exhibition dates: May 31st – June 22nd


Artist Statement:

Transcriptions: Indices from the Earth presents non-representational images from experiences with and within nature. These images come into being in concert with the act of touching, by bringing light-sensitive materials into immediate contact with nature, physically touching paper to soil, water, or plant material. This work situates the return to camera-less imagery, a current trend in contemporary art, as a valuable way to connect a photograph’s meaning and appearance with its technique and subject matter. The images in this body of work work to bring us to focus on the matter of the photograph and the earth, by examining how we consciously experience its tactile qualities, and how we interact with and have subject responses to an images materiality. Here, images created in and of the landscape offer a raw, primal, and rooted aesthetic experience of place. They set up a world to create occasions for the recognition of beauty. Transcriptions: Indices from the Earth asks the viewer to consider what can be learned from the world through direct physical contact with it, and what such a connection with the world may reveal about ourselves.


Artist Bio:

Born in Indiana, Kyra Schmidt is a visual artist and educator currently based in Savannah, Georgia. She received her Bachelors in Photography at the University of Southern Indiana, and her M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Kyra is presently a working artist and adjunct faculty instructor at Georgia Southern University in Savannah, Georgia. Her work has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally. Most recently, Kyra was selected as one of the Critical Mass Top 50 Photographers in 2017.

Kyra’s artistic work examines how we represent or see the world through image, text, and technology. She works with both analog and digital photographic processes to transcribe imagery from intimate experiences with and within nature. For Kyra, camera-less processes offer a valuable way to connect a photograph’s meaning and appearance with its technique and subject matter. Her work is deeply rooted in an interest in the ontology of the photographic medium, in the philosophy of aesthetics, and in the belief, that the elimination of a sovereign point of view is a key element in preserving photography as a space for civil transformation.


For more information, visit their website: www.kyraschmidt.com