Monday, 20 September 2010

Artist in Residence at Cardiff University

From March 2010 onwards I am artist in residence at the School of Biosciences at Cardiff University. I am following up the sowing and growing of four mutant and WT Petunia lines in the plant growth facilities on site in collaboration with Biologist Walter Dewitte from the School of Biosciences and Prof Tom Gerats (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands), who generously donated the seeds. I am using time-lapse photography to document the floral development of these mutant Petunia plants. 
In an attempt to register and explore dynamic aspects of plant biology I have made animations in the past in which real plants show new ways of movement, growing and evolving. Movements of plant organs have fascinated scientist such as Darwin for many years, but are a far less known aspect of plant life, since these movements are slow and require acquisition over time, of which the human eye and mind is incapable. 
This residency allows me to continue my animation work on plant movements and also it gives me an opportunity to integrate the reality of scientific research in my work and explore the much-debated topic of genetically modified plants
This residency is supported by the Leverhulme Trust.

Young Plants, Sept 2010

Hybrid Petunias, Sept 2010