“the world’s 320 millionnational geographic, 2018
indigenous peoples make up
less than five percent of the total
but they protect 80% of
2018 - ongoing
Botanica presents a visual study of micro-ecosystems that are the backbone of our biosphere. The ecosystem, as we know it depends on these micro-ecosystems for its overall survival. Yet, they are often overlooked in a discourse on environmental crises and ecological subdivisions. This body of work creates a visual space for these quotidian but vital mini-ecologies to coexist before their imminent extinction.
The work began in 2018 at the Eden Project in Cornwall, home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world and plant species as diverse as the climates theysurvive in. Since then, branching out of Eden visual data has been collected from other botanical gardens, local ecological environments and my own collection of plants. The resulting work maps abstract representations of these mini-ecosystems that appear monumental in shape and form akin to their counter-species that typically tower over you.
Botanica is informed by experimental printing and alternative photographic processes using mixed recycled materials, found images and repetitive collage compositions.