"Defiant Life" forms an investigation into our society’s complex relationship with plants and wildlife. The work considers themes of control and natural balance, questioning attitudes to so-called invasive species and weeds commonly found in gardens and community spaces. Each piece is closely connected to the subject matter; the prints are made in direct sunlight by placing light sensitive material in a glass frame with the specimens in direct contact with light sensitive paper. Weather conditions on the day affect the outcomes, as well as the plant itself, its moisture content, and its individual shape and contours, creating images authored as much by the plant as by the artist.
Bahareh Akbarisafa • Xiaojian Guo • Fiona Macphee • Neve Marinou • Hayden Wilde • Miriam Winsor •