Dornith Doherty

  • Artist process photo.
  • Millennium Seed Bank Research Seedlings and Lochner-Stuppy Test Garden no. 1.
  • Columbian Exchange III, Dornith Doherty. Digital collage made from x-rays.
  • Seed Vault

DORNITH DOHERTY is an artist whose work is concerned with our stewardship of the natural environment. Her photographic project Archiving Eden, is an extensive, dual-faceted body of work. Collaborating with scientists and seed banks on four continents, she has traced in precise detail the elaborate systems of secure spaces and technological interventions required for botanical preservation. She documents the complex issues surrounding the role of science and human agency in preserving biodiversity, and reflects upon poetic questions about life and time through artworks created from x-rays captured from seeds, tissue samples, and cloned plants preserved in these collections.

A 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, Dornith Doherty was born in Houston, Texas and received a B.A. cum laude from Rice University and a MFA in Photography from Yale University. In addition to the Guggenheim Fellowship, she has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the United States Department of the Interior, the University of North Texas, and the Houston Center for Photography. Doherty’s work has been featured in exhibitions widely in the US and abroad at institutions including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Bluecoat, Liverpool, England; the Centro de Fotografía, Tenerife, Spain; the Encuentros Abiertos Photography Biennial in Buenos Aires, Argentina; FotoFest, Houston, Texas; Galerie Lužánky, Brno, Czech Republic; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; the Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, the Netherlands; the Museum of Photography, Rafaela, Argentina; the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; and the Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ. She has been invited to present scholarly papers and artist talks at over 80 institutions and conferences worldwide.

Doherty’s work has been featured by American Waymagazine, BBC’s Focusmagazine, Dallas Morning News,Dumagazine, Hyperallergic,  New Yorker: Photo Booth, Oxford American Journal, Harper’s, , Smith Journal Australia, Texas Monthly, Tomboy Tarts, Wall Street Journal,and Wiredmagazine, among others.

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