Friday, 1 August 2014
New shop exhibition: Slow Tidy Growth
A back and forth between artists Laura Hill-Lines and Catherine Watson, with Laura’s photos, jointly riso-graphed, drawn onto by Catherine.
The photographs were taken in Oxford University BotanicGardens, the oldest botanic gardens in
England; a little over four acres
that brims with more than 5000 plant species. This volume of *life* boxed in
the centre of the city is one of the most biodiverse places on earth.
A living world of little movements: these plants, some ancient, are not still. All those little parts of all those plants are always changing; stuffed full of creaking movements at a tiny pace we couldn’t see if we watched.
Laura’s original photos reduced again in print - where the grain starts to separate and individual dots of ink are visible, as if the image has started to drift. Catherine’s lines like fluid that slip over and across the page, that look that growth might look. Lines that look like movement, but that are never moving: the inverse of the movement of a plant.
Paper that will fade in the sun
Plants that grow because of it