Beth Hilton aka Satori is a visual artist based in Wellington, New Zealand.
Her practice of photography and film is primarily analogue, using both traditional and alternative processes to create photographic images. The photographs are created without the use of a camera, and without any digital involvement. She produces silver gelatin prints, often incorporating alternative processing techniques, along with cyanotypes, a 19th century photography method. She addresses film with the same principles, with a focus on expanded cinema performances involving 8mm film loops and multiple slide projectors.
Her work has semblance to Japanese aesthetics is deeply influenced by the concepts associated with wabi-sabi. The understanding of wabi-sabi stems from an awareness of nature and pertains to the transience and imperfection of all things. Akin to the wabi-sabi ideals, her work embraces the notions of impermanence and atrophy; this is particularly evident in her treatment of texture. She create ‘negatives’ by hand to achieve these abrasive and industrial textures.