Myka Baum’s practice is concerned with the fragility of nature and how we have become so disconnected from both it and our animal being. 
The work is largely informed by her deep engagement with, and close observation of nature: ’feeling her way intellectually into the inner heart of a thing to locate what is unique and inexpressible in it’ (Henri Bergson).There is a fascination with the processes of growth and decay and an ongoing investigation into the point at which nature becomes an image. With the assistance of the organisms that are the subject of study, their microbiology is recorded onto the photographic surface as an attempt to make tangible the ephemera of nature. 

Myka comes from a background in Operations Management and studied Fashion Product Management. She went on to study Photography at Central Saint Martins followed by Postgraduate Study in Print at Royal College of Art.
Her Lunar Mare series was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2009. Other key exhibitions included Café Park Gallery, Brighton Photo Fringe, Photofusion, Cornerhouse, APT gallery amongst others in the UK. Internationally, Myka has  shown in New York, Barcelona, Cologne and Milan.

Myka is born in Münster, Germany and lives and works in London.

Image: A dried SCOBY showing an abundance of yeast 

Upcoming Exhibition // Groundwork Gallery, King's Lynn, October 2021

I'm delighted to have been invited to be part of this exhibition:

Nature's Mysterious Networks: Mushrooms, Mycelia and Yeast

  • Chris Drury / Alexandra Steiner / Myka Baum / Moira Williams / Alison Counsell
  • More here and more soon.
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