The Advantages of Tender Loving Care, Pt. 2: Variations, explores cycles of creation and expands on the ever-evolving dialogue between the natural and digital world. Laura Kay Keeling builds upon the work’s initial presentation within a virtual exhibition to include natural elements that have been foraged, scanned, digitally manipulated and then manifested again into physical form. The work questions notions of reciprocal care and asks, do technology and nature necessarily have to exist in opposition? How do we evolve our connections to the natural world in an increasingly isolating and technology-dependent society?
Laura Kay Keeling (she/her/they) is a self-taught visual artist based in Hamilton. Her practice is rooted in a process-centred approach that integrates analog photography, video, digital collage and installation. Keeling has exhibited work across Ontario, the United States and South Korea and has received support from the Ontario Arts Council.