Daniel Kukla’s practice is motivated by the constantly evolving narrative between humans and nature. How can this interaction, tension, and history be imagined in a new way in light of the monumental changes and growing destructive forces that humanity exerts upon the Earth? His training in biology and ecological sciences has greatly shaped how he approaches the research methodology in his art practice. His working process shares some of the same core principles of sciences: immersive field research, interviews, observations and balancing these tasks with a freedom of exploration that takes into consideration accidents and chance.
These unique instant prints were created while at sea in the archipelago of Svalbard within the Arctic Circle. In this vast place I documented the landscape as it unfolded before me; however, my camera and film were limited by the subzero environment and froze creating unexpected chemical trails, color shifts, and light leaks. These semi-failures of the medium created unexpected results that reflect my own memory of this otherworldly place, something that resides between a dream and reality.
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