A Piece of Dust in the Great Sea of Matter
A new artist book by Melissa Borman
Available at www.melissaborman.com, open for pre-order September 1st
Melissa Borman’s portrait series A Piece of Dust in the Great Sea of Matter negotiates the historical tropes of passive representation of women within the natural world.
During recuperation following an injury, Borman researched images of the human figure in the landscape while reading The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath. Struck by the relationship between Plath’s declarations of confinement with traditional visual representations of women in nature, Borman paired textual fragments with unconventional portraits of fellow artists and colleagues engaged in subject-initiated interactions in outdoor environments. Borman’s portraits propose an evolving archive of images of agency.”