ana macarthur
Archival print, 42" x 15 ft. (1,06 x 4,57 m)
Where light meets water;
Mumuru on the equator, T11a


A scroll documentation of a two year portion of an extensive project focusing on journeys to the Amazon for encounters with the photosynthetic ingenuity of the victoria amazonica, the worlds largest water lily from the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil. From MacArthur's first encounter with this organism in the Amazon in 1993, this work enters a chapter of deep engagement with photobiology and the equatorial zone of the Amazon Rainforest of Brazil. The entirety of the project explores this bio-region due to the role of equatorial sun light providing one of the most rich troves of biodiversity, its critical role in the stabilization of global climate, and thus a deep concern for its preservation. The scroll is exhibited with hand lenses hanging in front to allow the viewer to read fine pencil layers of text, cross referencing aspects of the regions unique sunlight, details about its giant plant, and its surrounding problem of deforestation of this bioregion.