of light and the vegetative

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Every day we inhabit the vegetable world. It forms a living carpet for our existence as biological organisms. Sometime we eat it. Sometimes it eats us; when we die. In its physical form it represents a crystallised manifestation of sunlight here on Earth. Locked within the chemical matrix of every plant are the molecules which give us the perception of 'green'. The chemical name for this is chlorophyll* and it engages in complex reactions to convert the Sun's energy into plant material.

Paradoxically, magenta light also occupies a function in this process and is an essential component in the health of plants. To artists, such a contradiction elicits curiosity and a pathway to phenomenological exploration. In this project, an invited index of international artists respond to the theme of light and the vegetative. Each brings their own interpretation to what the chlorophilic world means to them.

In many ways this project parallels the transformations that are occurring in the plant world. Who can say where a seed will take root or where a tree will fall in a forest. The history of the vegetative on Earth is redolent with false starts and incredible advances, responses to niche environments and global genetic re-interpretations.

Will we ever understand this complexity? For it is a field which will literally never stand still long enough for assumptions to become complacent. As Copernicus overthrew the tenets of astronomy with a collective set of observations, then the World awaits a new revolution in the understanding of Chlorophillia**.


** The love of the green


Curated by Paul Malone and Nicola Rae