Exhibition Plan

For my exhibition I will be focusing on plant blindness, the piece exhibited will be part of a larger project. For my practice I am aiming to create a book which promotes plants and flowers which are importance for modern life. The book will be a children’s reference book, where’s wally esque, allowing children to not only learn new and relevant knowledge but to become botanical explorers.
The exhibition piece will represent this larger project (an advertisement almost), but it will also protest against plant blindness and encourage people to see plants for their importance.

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The piece will be a wire child looking up at one of the pages from the book and flowers which are directly linked to the page the child is looking at will be falling from the child heads into the rest of the body and floor, as if the child is soaking up all the knowledge and making the child more aware of nature bringing it back to earth… (Hello hippy!)

  • Sense of connection with nature
  • Poor knowledge of plants needs to be addressed
  • The book will be informative and playful
  • Ethnobotany
  • Journal style to educate children on the importance of plants but retaining the explorer side of original botanists, where they went out to find the plants themselves, recognising distinguishing features
  • Everyday plants, medicinal, food etc

 

USP

  • Fun
  • Educational
  • Protests against plant blindness, a new topic – current

Food plant diversity – the key to life

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk-oC_yKrk4

Key points

In the last 100 years alone we have lost 75% of crop genetic variety and every six hours we loss a unique vegetable variety.
We are depending on more and more of our food on fewer crops. What if something happened to the crops we depend so much on?
There are over 20,000 varieties of corn in Mexico.
Monoculture – the agricultural practice of producing or growing a single crop, plant, or livestock species, variety, or breed in a field or farming system at a time.
1/3 of the food produced is wasted.
Carrots are thought to have originated in Afghanistan and are more likely to be purple, white or black. Why are these never illustrated? 
Blue and pink pumpkins do exist.
There are 2,000 varieties of rice worldwide.
Kudrat – Nature
Karishma – Miracle
Eggplant, there are over 2,000 varieties in India and each has a unique flavour, texture and cooking style.

References

TEDx Talks, 2013, Food plant diversity — the key to life: Bhavani Prakash at TEDxSingaporeWomen 2012, Online Video, 19 March 2013, Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk-oC_yKrk4, Accessed: 1 February 2017.

Leaf experiment

During a tutorial with Clinton Cahill, I discussed how I planned to combine nature with human sculptures to show how they are entwined and interdependent on one another. Clinton then suggested why didn’t make the sculptures out of nature, which brings me to the below experiment…
I tried to make a hand out leaves, first making a skeleton with plaster of paris and then moulding the leaves around the hand via PVA and water. As you can see the leaves did not want to bend! And looking at these pictures I’m crying with laughter at trying to turn myself into a bloody tree. So although I have had some really helpful suggestions from other students on how you can fix the leaves in to shape, further research has led me to an idea which I feel is stronger for my practice.