Plant Morphology/Archaeology - Works on aluminium, wood and paper.
The focus of my work has long been the landscape both in terms of its physical representation in maps and in the evidence left on it by living forms such as snails and plants.
The recent pieces continue an interest in ‘the accidental poetry of the ordinary’. My system of working is like sowing seeds; images grow out of the processes.
Plants are trapped on sheets of aluminium or wood under layers of paint and varnish, which fixes and ossifies them.
‘Archaeological’ scraping and sanding uncovers these artificial fossils, exposing the morphology of the plants, some having been grown from seed between glass sheets whilst others are grown normally and then pressed.
Both as an artist and gardener I am fascinated by the relationship between ourselves and other living organisms and the ways we use to describe them. I feel am continuing a long tradition of collecting, pressing and ordering of plants - an attempt to preserve and commemorate something that would normally be returned to the earth (composted). This work could also be included in the tradition of paintings described as ‘nature morte’.
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