Laura Margaret Ramsey (she/her) is a Toronto-based archivist and imaging specialist working in the cultural heritage sector. Her artistic practice is informed by archival structures, computational ecosystems, and the ethical considerations of non-human animals, plants and machines. 

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GROUND / 2020

Published in 2021 issue of SciArt Magazine

I collected various species of flora growing from cracks in the city sidewalks, and through capacitive coupling, recorded the unique violet coronal discharge produced. The process that captures this movement of energy is known as electrography. The specimen is placed between a ground plate, and a transparent discharge plate. A high voltage current is momentarily applied creating small arcs of plasma at the points of contact. These long exposures (8-10 seconds) measure the unique patterns of the electrified air, highlighting characteristics in the plant topography, or root systems. Electrography helps to visually isolate these charismatic organisms, prompting the viewer to consider our own relationship with plants, and the shared desire, with electricity; to find ground.