Flora is a series of exhibitions and residencies exploring our relationship with plants in their myriad of forms:
The above image by french Photographer Magali Nougarede who is currently artist in residence at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. www.gardenofwales.org.uk
“But threads were never what was needed here, I was looking at the wrong material: the answer was to be found in rhizomatic roots and these had been under my nose all along in the guise of the bearded irises that grow in my garden or the couch grass that covers my allotment plot, and the no doubt huge variety of rhizomatic plants that grow at the NBGW. As a non hierarchical organisational model connecting pockets of meaning (however subjective) from any point and without ever closing down other connections or meanings, rhizomatic roots (especially the food storing kind as in the irises – not the couch grass, which is very invasive) have provided the answer to my recent troubles. Those of you already familiar with French philosopher Félix Guattari and Gilles Deleuze, who outlined the multifaceted virtues of this model, in their book “A Thousand Plateaus”, will already be acquainted with this way of thinking and being, but for me a new journey begins… one that offers structure, without to ever have to limit possibilities.” Blog extract by Magali Nougarede.
You can read her blog here: http://flora.orieldavies.org/blog/