On the whole the work in this exhibition represents a fascination with the diversity of all life forms, their similarities and differences, combined with the intuitive knowledge that as human beings we are all connected: that we are embedded within a web of life.
The most recent pieces titled The Mortician’s Garden are the beginning of a series of works that allude to the death of nature. They make an oblique reference to death and the death of millions of plants, animals and insects by fire in 2019 / 2020.
On a lighter note, I remember that Morticia Addams from the 1960’s TV series The Addams Family had a garden! It included plants such as deadly nightshade, henbane and dwarf hairgrass. Indeed, Morticia was somewhat plant or insect-like herself, wearing a tight fitting hobble dress, with a tentacle-like fringe at the feet and long glossy hair. A memorable scene has her decapitating roses, retaining the thorny stems to arrange in a vase and discarding the red buds. Cleopatra, her pet was a fictitious breed of carnivorous plant called and African Strangler that she fed meat.
Angela Valamanesh, February, 2020