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.

In this Winter installation I follow the process of transformation by exploring stillness and concealment. If in autumn there is plenty of visible decaying and dead matter around in nature, then in the winter all that has died is no longer visible and no longer reachable, which correlates with the cold feeling of unreachability after losing someone. Our eyes cannot penetrate the cold whiteness of snow, just as it is impossible to reach someone who has passed. To show the absence or unreachability I used other, man made materials leaving just the trace, the outline or suggestions of the dead autumn plants. Now just the seeds of the plants remain – still, safely stored, blankly waiting for the spring; and the black plant is now just an empty space encased in a hard and shiny white form.

 

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