triskel arts centre, cork
Wandering Sailor is an installation utilising plants grown in milk bottles as
The bottles act as a type of miniature glass house, or bottle garden, nurturing
the cuttings of wandering sailor ( in these conditions the plants started to
behave as do tropical plants, throwing out aerial roots etc.).
The bottles are placed, apparently randomly, on tressels at hip height, but when
seen aerially it becomes apparent that each set of bottles configure to a different
constellation. When viewed from a lower level the tressels take on the air of
an artificial forest.
Two 10''. 4'' black and white photographs, one of the mother plant, one of the
star map used to source the constellations, accompany this exhibition.
This work came about as a result of an interest in plant collection, cultivation,
the architecture that builds up around it and the politics it exposes.
The artificially reared plants, the constellations and their presentation were
all vehicles to explore the politics around cultural collecting, orientation
Mixed media, plants, wood, sheet glass, glass bottles, photographs
30'.15'.3' / 900cm.450cm.90cm