In this new body of work, Dornith Doherty explores the role of seed banks and their preservation efforts in the face of climate change, the extinction of natural species and decreased agricultural diversity. Traveling from the Arctic tundra of the Svalbard Archipelago to the Sonoran desert in Arizona since 2010, this new exhibition includes large format photographs of key global seed banks as well as archival pigment prints and digital chromogenic lenticular prints of x-ray collages of seeds and plants.
Dornith Doherty was born in Houston, Texas and received a B.A. from Rice University in Houston and a MFA in Photography from Yale University. She is a Professor of Photography at the University of North Texas. She is a recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the United States Department of the Interior, the Indiana Arts Commission and the Society for Contemporary Photography. Ms. Doherty's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Bluecoat, Liverpool, England, Atlánticas Colectivas, Tenerife, Spain, the Encuentros Abiertos Photography Biennial in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Galveston Arts Center.
Ms. Doherty's work is in many permanent collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, Texas; Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Houston, Texas; Martin Museum of Art, Baylor University, Waco, Texas; Museum of Fine Arts, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Yale University Library, New Haven, Connecticut; Museet Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark; Goldman-Sachs, New York, New York; and the Centro de Fotografía Isla de Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.
Dornith Doherty's work has also been written about extensively and has appeared in articles in publications including the Houston Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer, Modern Luxury Dallas, FiniteFoto Magazine, Fraction Magazine, Art Lies Magazine, Austin American Statesman, Austin Chronicle, Fort Worth Weekly, and the Houston Press.