Lot 114: Kathy High

Pull of Burden Waters II
Digital pigment print
47.5 x 35.5 inches
Series: Pull of Burden Waters II
Edition of 4
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value

Kathy High (USA) is an interdisciplinary artist, educator working with technology, art and biology. She collaborates with scientists and other artists, and considers living systems, empathy, animal sentience, and the social, political and ethical dilemmas of biotechnology and surrounding industries. She has received awards including Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts. Her art works have been shown at documenta 13 (Germany), Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center and Exit Art (NYC), UCLA (Los Angeles), Science Gallery, (Dublin), NGBK, (Berlin), Festival Transitio_MX (Mexico), MASS MoCA (North Adams), and Para-site (Hong Kong). High is Professor in the Arts, and has a lab in the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

These large photographs of underwater scenes were shown in collaboration with the video Lily Does Derrida: A Dog’s Video Essay which is about the demise of a pet dog by drowning. This set of four photographs are descriptive interior views of a lake landscape, experienced while plunging to its bottom. The dread of gravity in these pictures is offset by the beautiful colors, pastel weeds, and phosphorescent air bubbles, all encircling the lens of the camera as it falls to portray a beloved, and drowning, Lily dog.

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