A bridge between art and the natural world.
Pattern in Nature presents a new body of work by Chicago based artist Katherine Lampert. Inspired by an Ammonite fossil found in the Chicago Academy of Sciences’ collection, Lampert’s mixed media work is a study of patterns naturally occurring in nature.
Each work originates from a photographic study of a Baculites fossil, a genus of cephalopods that went extinct 65 million years ago. Through digital manipulation of the image, the specimen’s patterns are reshaped into abstract motives. The image then returns to a physical state, printed and integrated into an acrylic painting. The artist then abrades part of the digitally printed layer, resurfacing the materials hidden underneath.
Exploring the physical act of excavation, Lampert discovers colors and patterns that connect the artwork to the natural world. Lampert’s labor-intense technique renders impossible to distinguish technology-imposed and natural patterns, bringing textures of the natural world into the gallery space. The partial deconstruction of the digital image and its materialization become the connecting point between us and nature.
Katherine Lampert’s work speaks to a collective nostalgia. We long for a reconnection with nature, which however seems inconceivable at times. As technological advancement increasingly separates us from a direct relationship with our surroundings, nature turns into an obscure and intimidating otherness that is unforgiving toward our human fragility. Through her work, Lampert aims to subvert the role of technology, which becomes an essential medium and the tool to reconnect with nature.
A Closer Look
Explore more of Lampert’s work below. Hover over the image to magnify and examine the finer details.
You can make your own nature-inspired artwork at home. Check out the video below to learn how to make your own beautiful leaf rubbings with Katherine Lampert herself as your guide.