watercolour, white ink, glass, Stonehenge paper
Botany Colonized was produced while I was participating in the Art in Schools Initiative in South Africa. This piece uses botany as a vehicle to visually represent notions of colonization, westernization and globalization. This piece is meant to visually portray the colonial regime; how invading plants have entered into the unique eco system of South Africa and have taken over and have thus pushed the indigenous plants out.
There are two layers to each piece (35 pieces in total). The first layer is a water color painting of an invading plant – the style of the water color layer is reminiscent of plant illustrations done by explorers in the 1700s and 1800s. The second layer is a lino-cut print, printed in mate white over top if the watercolor. The lino-cut is an image of an indigenous plant that has been affected by the presence of the invading plant.
Each drawing/print is framed using two pieces of glass that are adhered with silicon. This choice to display them between two plates of glass is to symbolize anthropology; that being biological, archeological and cultural scientific practices of anthropology. Anthropologist document, dissect, distinguish and categorize cultures, plants, races, bones and anything that pertains to human existence. I wanted the display of these drawing/prints to resemble glass plates used under microscopes.
They were then displayed in a long row with the scientific names and origins of each plant.