Thursday, 11 August 2016

Riparian Botany (ANNFN)

Riparian Botany
Sound piece, 8 min, Jobina Tinnemans and Anne-Mie Melis
The sound piece is dedicated to the dynamics of evolution and biodiversity. For ANNFN I wanted to add a sound element to my work to enhance the viewer’s experience. I invited Jobina Tinnemans to record sounds linked to the river and water and the surrounding nature. She visited me in my studio and recorded my voice speaking out the Latin names of extinct plant species in Wales (ref: A Vascular Plant Red Data List for Wales, Dr Trevor Dines, Plantlife Wales). Jobina then composed a sound piece to accompany my work and this is available to listen to on head phones during the exhibition. The sound piece was accompanied by the following drawing;

A Silence
Drawing on graph paper, 119 cm x 84 cm
This drawing is inspired by a painting by Albrecht Dürer, The Large Piece of Turf, 1503. This 500 year old artwork has been described by Richard Mabey as painting's discovery of ecology. Nature does not seem to have changed. You could come across a similar scene anywhere, urban or rural. My drawing visualises a plan for a future ecological system. The drawing also includes the names of extinct, rare and vulnerable plant species in Wales to accompany the sound piece.

detail of The Large Piece of Turf

See below images of details of my drawing: