Notes from the Palm House 2015-2017, Stanmer Park, Brighton
Notes from the Palm House takes as its starting point the notion of plant life as specimen, possession, and commodity; or as mere vegetal matter. The palm house was a Victorian structure of glass and metal that married the engineering and technological advances of its age. Operating as status symbols, exotic imaginariums and economic botanical devices, palm houses were also, at the same time, enclosed spaces of disembodied natural processes.
This work plays with the precision of historical botanical and scientific illustrations. By pushing against the perfection typically demanded by these conventions, the images are able to draw on the seductive quality of material surfaces to slow down our encounter with the life of plants. In the darker recesses of these manufactured sub-tropical spaces lurk more mundane specimens, pressed up against the glass membrane that separates them from the outside world; their narrative may well invite deeper consideration.
Limited edition of 5 each, 25cm x 20cm digital silver gelatin fibre prints on traditional Resin Coated or Bromide photographic paper
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