Anthropocene Botanicals

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Anthropocene Botanicals are inspired by the botanical drawings and still life flower paintings from 17-19th century. These historical depictions of flowers were made in a spirit of optimism; many of  these drawings represented all the new species of plants that were being discovered on a almost daily basis. There was as sense that nature’s bounty was limitless. My series has a working title of “Anthropocene Botanicals” as a way of addressing our perception of the natural world today. In a time when we are dealing with mass extinction of flora and fauna; our documentation of these plants might now be considered more of requiem. The flowers are presented in chaotic, colourless “arrangement” to depict this new understanding of the plants we are seeing.

 

Anthropocene Botanical sketches

These are the components I am using for my current series “Anthropocene Botanicals”.  Images from exhibition at “Trees”.

Projects in progress

Dissections/Resections
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The Birds Are Missing
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Growth/Stasis/Decay
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Crude Assimilation

Watercolour & collage on paper, 22 x 30″

New work exploring the effect of oil in the water systems at cellular level.

For more images: Crude Assimilation

Cell Ruminations

This series of work is made from watercolour, gouache, pencil and wallpaper on matte board. It is part of my on-going investigation into cells, cell membranes and imagining the body.