Trespassers

Trespassers is a body of work that explores our fascination with the garden as a place where we can experience nature in our contemporary environment. Gardens and the intense pleasure that we can derive from them;  exemplify human attempts to impose order on natural forces. In the maintenance and design of gardens, there is  a prevalent attitude, where botanical xenophobia towards undesired plants labelled as “weeds” emerges. This is based on arbitrary moral and aesthetic standards but dominates our horticultural understanding. Exploring scale, colour and composition with a precarious balance of reality and illusion, the work portrays these ‘undesirable’ plants as part of the story of our ceaseless attempts to draw boundaries between nature and culture, wildness and domestication.

 

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