Anders Gramer and Bethan McFadden present a series of collaborative works combining ink and graphite with photography.
Drawing on a shared interest in biological processes and the nature of mind, ‘Interbeing’ offers a visual exploration of the interconnectedness of organic life, examining the impermanence of the body and the possibilities of transformation.
We are not alone in our bodies. The average human is comprised of 30 trillion cells but plays host to an even greater number of bacteria. Each of these microorganisms behaves as a ‘self’, engaging in a dialogue with the human self. In joint pieces that combine drawing and ink with photography, and individual pieces created in response to the other’s work, Anders and Bethan probe the nature of interdependence and autonomy, exploring what it means to be receptive and responsive, singular yet multitudinous.
The forms that emerge from the collaboration often appear in motion, some caught in moments of transformation. Cells scatter or coalesce. One organism dies and unfolds into another. The overall impression is of life in flux, ever ending, ever beginning, transitory and miraculous.