Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Dornith Doherty: "Archiving Eden"
Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents Dornith Doherty: “Archiving Eden.” The exhibition of photographs by North Texas artist Doherty intertwines science and art, showcasing the planet’s botanical diversity through 15 images from seed banks across the world.
For nearly 10 years, Doherty traveled the world from Australia to Russia photographing seed banks, which are designed to preserve the world’s crops and plants against species loss brought by blight, development, global warming, pests, unexpected change and war. Long interested in how humans shape the land, Doherty took it upon herself to explore seed vaults and the activities of their research scientists. Starting with a stop at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, she visited key facilities across five continents, including the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, just south of the North Pole on the Norwegian Island of Spitsbergen. Svalbard is one of more than 1,700 seed banks across the globe, but it is special because it houses duplicate seeds from other vaults to serve as a backup in case of a natural or manmade disaster. Because of its location, Svalbard is better positioned to withstand the potential aftermath of global warming or other manmade global disasters.
Besides documenting the appearance of these vaults, the artist created X-rays of a wide array of plant seeds with the assistance of scientists. Doherty then transformed the X-ray images into poetic odes to protecting the world’s botanical diversity.
The artist will present a free lecture and book signing at the museum on November 4 at 10:30 am.