Myka Baum

MA work

The Worm Turns

Myka Baum’s practice is concerned with the fragility of nature and how we have become so disconnected from both nature and our animal being. Her work is largely informed by her deep engagement with and close observation of nature, ’feeling her way intellectually into the inner heart of a thing to locate what is unique and inexpressible in it’ (Henri Berg- son) and attempting to make this visible through her work. An ongoing investigation into the point at which nature becomes an image is centred on a microbiology of growing and rotting matter, which becomes implicated onto the surface of the image. The worm trace series show records of their passage within the circularity that is representational of our earth and is also characteristic of the action of worms. The delicate traces echo their vul- nerability caused by man. 

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Fine Art

    Programme

    MA Print, 2017

  • Central to my practice is the fragility of nature. I am interested in how we have become so disconnected both from nature and from our animal being. My work is largely informed by my deep engagement with and close observation of nature and draws heavily on the studies and writings of Darwin and Goethe. I am driven to ‘feel my way intellectually into the inner heart of a thing to locate what is unique and inexpressible in it’ (Henri Bergson) and to make this visible through my work. 

    Key sources of inspiration have been Daro Montag, Janet Lawrence, Ackroyd & Harvey, herman de vries and Helen Chadwick to name but a few.

    An ongoing investigation into the point at which nature becomes an image is manifested through transformative production processes. Centred on a microbiology of growing and developing living and rotting matter, which become implicated onto the surface of the image. Processes have included corrosion of film under compost, corrosion of prints in saltwater and planting crops into and through photographic prints. These processes are captured using ancient and modern methods such as Cyanotypes, Lumen Prints and Digital Photography. 

  • Degrees

  • PG Cert Photography, Central Saint Martins, 2008; BA (Hons) Fashion Product Management, London Centre For Fashion Studies, 2004
  • Experience

  • Visiting tutor, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, 2017; Green Week Anthotype Workshop, Royal College of Art, London, 2017; Green Week Gardening Workshop, Royal College of Art, London, 2017; Making Recycled Bottle Hanging Planters, Royal College of Art, 2017; Natural Pigment Workshop, Royal Amateur Expedition Society, Merz Barn, Langdale, 2017; Spore Print Workshop, Royal Amateur Expedition Society, Merz Barn, Langdale, 2017; Lumen Print Workshop, Royal Amateur Expedition Society, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 2017; Spore Print Workshop, Royal Amateur Expedition Society, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 2017; Cyanotype Workshop, Freightliners City Farm, London, 2011; Making Connections, Reach Out RCA, V&A, 2016; Show N Tell, The Camera Club, London, 2016; LAPC Artist Talks, Myka Baum & William Arnold, Silverprint Gallery, London, 2015; Presentation on practice, Photofusion Gallery, London, 2013; Q-Art convenor, presentation on practice, Cass Art, London, 2011
  • Exhibitions

  • O, Garden Room Gallery, Dartington, 2017; Output, Royal College of Art Print, Café Garden Projects, London, 2017; Science Meets Art: Food, New York Hall of Science, New York, 2016; Obsolete & Discontinued, Revela-T, Barcelona, 2016; Obsolete & Discontinued, Schaelpic Photokunstbar, Cologne, 2016; Aether, Imperial College London, 2016; Break/Link, Royal College of Art - Print, Café Park Gallery, London, 2016; Fiddling While Earth Burns, Dyson Gallery, London, 2015; earth:NOW:being, Hackney City Farm, London & Church Farm, Stevenage, 2011; Super Super, Kingsgate Workshops, London, 2017; Autumn Germination: The Sprouting of New Ideas, Brighton Photo Fringe, Brighton, 2014; Bonfire In A Beehive, Freightliners City Farm, London, 2014; Q-Art Presents 4, APT Gallery, London, 2012; index7, Protein Gallery, London, 2011; On Water, Canal Museum, London, 2011; Try A Little Tenderness, Freightliners Farm, London, 2011; Little White Lies, SuperMonday Collective, Stour Space, London, 2010; Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Cornerhouse, Manchester, 2009; Bloomberg New Contemporaries, A Foundation, London, 2009; Unique Perspectives, Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham, 2009; Tracing The Image, SuperMonday Collective, Crypt Gallery, London, 2009; Central Saint Martins Graduate Show, London, 2008
  • Awards

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries, 2009
  • Conferences

  • Shadows Symposium II: Transformations, Moose on the Loose, University of the Arts London, 2017