The September seminar install and some thoughts on the feedback. This was the reconfigured space after feedback and thinking through the
Glass bowls on plinth;
- The plants floating in liquid appear to have movement.
- This could be changed to a bigger bowl with smaller plants?
- hanging would add to this sense of movement, would also allow viewer to interact closer with objects, through able to walk around them, as on current plinth was too low.
- Use of light through these to cast shadows, this would add to dark room reading.
- Be aware of vessel type/shape as this influences reading.
- Link the paper works and bottles closer together as they both speak of movement, trace, light.
- Paper with screen prints on them on wall;
- Paper with bits in them speak more of craft
- lighter paper moves as walk past them
- Is the image to obscure?
- Should they go directly on the wall instead?
- Very fine paper created a sewn feeling, reflective of landscape
- Paper works have a sense of Japanese scrolls
Glass plates on table:
- green glass, not resolved enough if combining with bottles.
- The plants between glass and under glass dome are trapped/caught, very static
- Re-assess this display strategy, as currently feels too decorative
- Glass dome:
- this has more of a curio element to it, as plant is standing and has 3D effect, able to walk around it.
- Questions to consider:
- have more with same plant, different plants
- Only 1 in middle of room.
- Least successful of the works presented were the works under & between glass plates.
- Other comments and thoughts to tease out;
- Actual dried bleached plants:
- use these without glass trappings, maybe direct on wall? with light through them to create shadows, are these then the true ghosts?
- Science and Victorian curio;
- Aesthetically the difference between science and Victorian curio;
- Science =
- clean, clinical, white, lab coats, sterile, lots the same, white glass, bright.
- Relates to bleached plants in vessels, white screen prints on paper
- Victorian =
- stuffy, dust, yellowing, many different, different vessels, green glass, badly lit
- Relates to: dried plants that have turned yellow, plant under dome and between glass.
- Losses and gains:
- There are losses and gains in the work, what are these?
- bleaching = the act of removing colour. Very brutal & harsh
- starved of light, kept in the dark
- loss of photosynthesis ability
- plants have lost their colour, their vitality & living, but have gained a fragility, a sense of unreal
- what does this address in world now?
- loss of colour - the plants have become albescent (= the condition of being or becoming white or whitish), they are now monochromatic, they are clean, purifying, can also be detachment, disinterested, isolated, it is unnatural
- Are these white plants the soul of a plant? as it is said that photographing people in B&W, you capture their soul.
- These works are more about light & lack of light, with the content is still plants.
Need to figure out what the work is addressing in the world now……