‘‘Since first seeing it as a small child, the Dead Sea has been a point of fascination for me. It is a place that evokes a strong sense of mystery and reverence. The Dead Sea’s existence, which is greatly significant in terms of history, ecology, and economy is in jeopardy. As its’ shore line recedes due to industry and drought, sinkholes have begun to appear on the landscape, causing irrevocable damage. If nothing is done to keep the shoreline from receding, it is predicted that by 2050, the Dead Sea will disappear altogether.
33,7% is a series of images made from appropriated aerial photographs of the Dead Sea, found via Google, and printed using the 19th century salted paper process. The combination of using both modern and historical techniques for the work invites the viewer to contemplate the significance of past, present, and future. The process was executed using salt from the Dead Sea itself, which makes each image not only a symbol of the landscape, but an actual piece of it.‘‘
Kaitlyn Danielson is a photographic artist based in Queens, New York. She holds a BFA in Photography & Video from the School of Visual Arts, where she was awarded the Alumni Scholarship and the Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Students. In 2018, her work won the Abstract/Mixed Media category of PDN’s The Curator competition.
Kaitlyn’s artistic practice is rooted in older photographic processes, and pushes the boundaries of these methods, both technically and conceptually. By merging historical photographic processes with modern technologies, she explores the monumental gap between the photographic past and present.