Print size 30cm x 30cm
Image size 23cm x 23cm
The images that make up Indeterminate Objects (flora) were inspired by the flowers growing in the garden beyond my studio. Watching the cycle of germination, growth and renewal from my studio window seemed in direct opposition to my world inside and also a life largely spent online. I began to use software predominantly used to create the virtual shapes used in computer games to intervene in photographs of the flora growing in my garden.
Taking photographs of these flowers at various stages in the growing season, I froze them twice – once in the taking of the photograph and then again in reshaping these natural forms when fed through the algorithms of a fractal generating software. The theme of time in relation to the still life – where both growth and decay are often collapsed together into a single picture – is explored and the image of the flower is presented as transient and mutable and symbolic of both life and death.
This series was first shown in part from October – December 2020, as part of Florilegium – a gathering of flowers. Florilegium was the inaugural biennial exhibition marking the re-opening of Inverleith House at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh. It also marked Inverleith House’s new status as a ‘Climate House’, a unique space to critically explore our complex relationship with the natural world.