Since 2022, the artist Taylor Alaina Liebenstein Smith has explored the capacities of an aquatic biofilm to reveal human memories, functioning as a living photographic film.
Taylor Alaina Liebenstein Smith (b. 1993, Rochester, New York) is an American, French-naturalized visual artist currently based in Oslo, Norway, working between Oslo and Paris. She is currently completing an M.F.A at the Kunstakademiet in Oslo, after completing an M.A. in Cultural Mediation at the École du Louvre in Paris in 2017, a B.F.A. in Painting and a B.A. in Art History from Boston University in 2015. Taylor has participated in several group and solo exhibitions and residencies in France, Finland, Germany, Spain and the U.S. She is also a member of the Bioart Society (Helsinki). Since 2014, collaborations with a wide variety of humans and more-than-humans, including scientific researchers (botanists, microbiologists and physicists…), bacteria, micro-algae, lichen, poets, gardeners, landscape designers, fungi, agave and more have become central to her practice. As these international and inter-species collaborations continue to proliferate, her recent works also explore intersections and mis-translations between human languages and other species’ modes of communication. Interweaving bio art and in-situ, performative practices with photography, video, printmaking and sculpture, her practice ultimately seeks to exist in the fragile, transient space occupied my memory, as it hovers both materially and conceptually between decay and regeneration.