'Ringhorndalen' is a series of fine art exhibition prints representing rare flora seeds collected in one particular valley in Svalbard, the High Arctic. The images visually interpret microcosm of a fragile and changing High Arctic landscape through miniscule scale of seed surfaces and interiors of seeds; this microcosm is revealed through the opti‘cal device of the Electron Microscope.
The set of prints, Electron Micrographs, offer a distinct visual interpretation of landscape of what we cannot see without the aid of optical devices. The work intends to unravel questions how scientific and artistic intuition is decisive in providing visual representations to audiences.
Morstang’s research investigates how landscape is represented in documentary film and photography through artistic and scientific intuition.
On-going research methodologies include conversations with other researchers from other disciplines such as biology, and by developing aesthetic visual expressions through the use of the optical photographic, telescopic and cinematic devices.
The flora seeds were collected in Ringhorndalen during a research expedition led by Pernille Bronken Eidesen, Associate Professor in Terrestrial Arctic Biology at University Centre Svalbard. The seeds are unique flora samples stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway. Morstang sliced the seeds in order to optically investigate the interior and exterior surfaces with the intention to seek visual resemblances of the territorial landscape of Svalbard.
The work is positioned in context of works by Helen Chadwick, Joan Fontcuberta, Harold Edgerton, Anne Noble and Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks. These artists engage(d) with natural physical matters and microscopic artistic interventions, drawing attention to microcosm and visual perception and imagination.