The cycles of life and death unravel within as well as outwith us. We are all born, grow up, get old and eventually die. Anything that takes form is bound to these changes. However there is no real ending or beginning – there is only the continual process of transformation. Thus this project too is a transformation of materials – from hard and withered plants in Autumn, to dormant and absent plants in Winter, to the rebirth of soft and colourful plants in Spring. The current project is one part of an ongoing series exploring our connection with seasons. We are part of these reciprocal processes and manifest them by our very existence. Through these installations I try to understand our place within the cycles of life by creating spaces for contemplation of this phenomena. After the passing away of a dear person, I tried to make sense of it, as most of us do. I noticed that the cycles of life- the coming to being and passing away- is all around us. Although I didn’t have many things left from my dad after he died, I realised that I now have the whole of the nature that he has become a part of. This series is as much about the very personal experience as it is about the general unfolding of life and our strong bond with the environmental processes.

Spring comes after the stillness of winter disrupting the silence and darkness. The force of life radiates through in a violent birth of new forms. The sprout must break the seed from the old plant and cast it away, the same plant that gave it its life. However, prior states will never be forgotten, they will be alive in every cell of the seed’s life until it will cradle a new seed itself. The pieces are responsive to their environment: water from the tap is keeping the plants alive and a breeze from the windows animates the bells.

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New Zealand Flax, fluorescent light
IMG_9764 copyNew Zealand Flax, fluorescent light, soil, New Zealand Flax sprouts

 

IMG_9902 copyfluorescent light

 

IMG_9895 copyNew Zealand Flax

 

IMG_9900 copyNew Zealand Flax

 

IMG_9919 copyNew Zealand Flax, fluorescent light

 

IMG_9924 copyNew Zealand Flax, fluorescent light, soil, New Zealand Flax sprouts

 

IMG_9776 copyNew Zealand Flax, fluorescent light, soil, New Zealand Flax sprouts

 

IMG_9829 copyNew Zealand Flax, soil

 

IMG_9761 copysoil, New Zealand Flax sprouts

 

IMG_9944 copysprouts (from collected Autumn seeds), clay, hessian, hose

 

IMG_9503 copysprouts (from collected Autumn seeds)

 

IMG_9488 copysprouts (from collected Autumn seeds), clay, hessian

 

IMG_9520 copysprouts (from collected Autumn seeds), clay, hessian, hose

 

IMG_9516 copyhose, acrylic

 

IMG_9527 copyhose, acrylic

 

 

 

IMG_9612 copybronze (dimensions of newborn lungs), handmade paper (from new sprouts), climbing rope

 

IMG_9608 copybronze (dimensions of newborn lungs), climbing rope

 

 

 

IMG_9592 copybronze (dimensions of grown up lungs), climbing rope

 

IMG_9588 copybronze (dimensions of grown up lungs), climbing rope

 

IMG_9591 copybronze (dimensions of grown up lungs), handmade paper (from Autumn plants), climbing rope

 

IMG_9533 copybronze (dimensions of grown up lungs), handmade paper (from Autumn plants), climbing rope

 

IMG_9594 copybronze (dimensions of grown up lungs)

 

IMG_9582 copybronze (dimensions of grown up lungs)

 

IMG_9578 copybronze (dimensions of grown up lungs), handmade paper (from Autumn plants)

 

IMG_9536 copybronze (dimensions of grown up lungs), handmade paper (from Autumn plants)

 

IMG_9537 copyhandmade paper (from Autumn plants)

 

IMG_9568 copyhandmade paper (from Autumn plants)

 

IMG_9686 copybeeswax, marble, egg yolk, soil

 

IMG_9699 copybeeswax

 

IMG_9697 copybeeswax, soil

 

IMG_9709 copymarble, egg yolk, soil

 

IMG_9710 copymarble, egg yolk

 

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