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Caper emissarius 

This work took the ‘West Dean Glasshouses’ as a starting point: examining glasshouses as structures for the collection, displacement, transplantation, objectification and manipulation of other species - driven by our own curiosity and sense of entitlement.

 

I found a book on Gentian plants from 1973 and was shocked by the language of exploitation, manipulation and control.

 

I was struck by the irony of a closed loop system in which a book (made from plants), which describes how to manipulate plants, can be itself manipulated. I dismantled the book and used its pieces to create a scapegoat vessel.

2023

Paper, wax, linen thread, string, chalk, yarn, acrylic paint, oil stick, cotton lace

50cm x 30cm x 30cm 

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