The Glass Garden
Taking the Cordyline tree, (Cordyline australis) as it's central component and inspiration, this series employs 'objective and scientific' methods to explore our relationship and use of photography in the documentation, classification and archiving of botanical specimens. During the hard winters of 2010 and 2011 many cordyline trees died or were damaged, with their remains left standing, adding a monumental and memorial atmosphere in suburban gardens. Many of the photographs in the series are the result of the efforts of a group of collaborator/explorers who provided data, locations and ideas .for the project through a social networking site called 'The Glass Garden'. Conversations, telephone calls, e-mails, chance encounters and the co-operation of the tree 'owners' also form the basis of this on-going participatory project that seeks to challenge traditional notions of artistic control and authorship.
Ieva Baltaduonyte • Joseph Carr • Brian Cregan • David Doherty • Brendan Grimes • Rachael Hegarty • Caroline McNally • Tracy O'Brien • Sinead O'Neill • Katie O'Neill • Lauren Pritchard • Lyndsey Putt •