AnnieLaurie Erickson

Light & Shadow, Reproductive Processes, Vision

AnnieLaurie Erickson’s website

AnnieLaurie Erickson’s faculty page at Montserrat College of Art

AnnieLaurie erickson in collaboration with everett lawson, from maunder minimum

This work is part of an ongoing series of photographs addressing retinal afterimages. We set out to ask where the point of departure exists between the immediate perceived realities of our visual existence and those of the fundamental decay of our experience through time.  In order to do this, we mapped our own retinas and created artificial retinas on which images can be focused. These membranes retain optical information much in the same way does the eye. Carefully arranged elements reflect the distribution of our own rods and cones and have been developed into a device, which can only ‘see’ afterimages.

AnnieLaurie Erickson
, Retinal after-imaging camera (from Maunder Minimum) 2009


AnnieLaurie Erickson
, Under the Ponticum Tree (from Maunder Minimum) Color photograph taken with after-imaging camera, 2009


AnnieLaurie Erickson, Recession of Light (from Maunder Minimum) Color photograph taken with after-imaging camera, 2009


AnnieLaurie erickson, from secondary refuse

Secondary Refuse involves the creation of photographic devices sensitive to gamma radiation. These machines were bolted to the ground revealing images through 8-12 hours of exposure at the site of the first man-made nuclear reaction in 1942.  This growing body of work addresses the residual radiation of an event nearly 70 years passed, and quietly exposes one of the greatest changes in humanities dynamic since the advent of agriculture.

AnnieLaurie Erickson
, process image, On site of former Argonne National Laboratory and location of nuclear core dump, southwest of Chicago


AnnieLaurie Erickson
, Bird, Ground exposure made on site of first man-made nuclear reaction, 13 hour exposure from gamma sensitive camera, 2009


AnnieLaurie erickson, from lens cubes

AnnieLaurie Erickson
, Lens Cubes, 2008