Florence Iff

Artist
   
Amalgamated Fragmentations / Plastisphere
Location: Zurich
Nationality: Switzerland
Biography: I was born in Switzerland where I am currently living. Before spending four years in New York City where I absolved the fulltime program of ICP, I was educated as an artist. Subsequently I graduated as a teacher of fine arts. As I'm using... read on
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Amalgamated Fragmentations / Plastisphere
Credits: florence iff
Updated: 06/30/20
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In my long-term and multi-part project on the Anthropocene I examine fragmentation and how old and new matter merge to an unknown amalgamate through technical and biochemical interventions.

Never-before-seen chemical and physical processes revolutionize our world, modify the molecular structure of earth, air and water, create new molecules, bacteria and micro-organisms that irrevocably change the body and life of human beings. As soon as a demarcation between different materials is no longer possible, elements of animate and inanimate matter increasingly mix.

It is believed that most of these changes are caused by microplastics that meanwhile permeate earth, water and air. As the biosphere describes life on the earth's surface, the floating plastic waste that is by now colonized by organisms and represents a new marine ecosystem is called plastisphere.

For this part of my project I extended the plastisphere to the earth, plants and the human body, since all life is dependent on water and microplastic has recently been detected both in the spring water of the Alps and in the human intestinal tract. Thus the cycle of infection is closed and a change of the DNA structures of all organic life is foreseeable.

Since everything on earth is infused with microplastics, the pictures show scientific depictions of microbes and bacteria that have settled on plastic waste and can either transmit life-threatening diseases or decompose plastic into even smaller parts.

This body of work consists of digital collages using ancient and contemporary representations of all above mentioned subjects. I either compose settings and photograph them to later assemble them with other images or I use as primary source scanned or reproduced ancient images from the fleamarket or webbased pictures to be completed with digital elaborations.

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Technosphere

By Florence Iff — On my search of traces of the Anthropocene I have created layered images by means of cyanotype-process. Old..
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Gilgamesh Revisited

By Florence Iff — For this work I have reintegrated elements from my previous work 67P to further develop the subject of..
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Amalgamated Fragmentation / Microbescapes

By Florence Iff — During my research on new types of molecules, microbes and bacteria living in the Anthropocene on inorganic..
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67P

By Florence Iff — This project is an investigation on light, time and space on the one hand within the subject of photography..
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Freejazz

By Florence Iff — Due to health problems within my family including myself this work derives from a long- term engagement..
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Me, Myself & I

By Florence Iff — This work symbolizes a psychological state of human existence. We like to think of ourselves as an entity,..
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Diva

By Florence Iff — Back in 1998 I created a photographic series comprised of 20 female friends wearing the same red-haired..
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Thuja: Tree of Life

By Florence Iff — Whenever I encounter Thuja as a privacy hedge I'm overcome by a feeling of both, rejection and repulsion as..
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Insight-Out

By Florence Iff — I’m investigating visual fragmentation, by exploring the perception and mapping of spatiality. The viewer..
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Arabella

By Florence Iff — In the beginning of the photographic era people could mostly afford one single portrait of themselves,..
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Here; Remote

By Florence Iff — I am interested in the remains of a historical past, which people still try to maintain by finding new ways..
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