I talk about co-evolving with plants on art.earth
art.earth celebrates and supports artists who are concerned about the environment or ecological issues.
I'm delighted to be invited to talk on May 7th as part of First friday. These are informal presentations and discussions about our projects past and in progress.
My practise encourages us to embrace plants as kin, and aims to heal the disconnection we have from plants.
I will discuss ideas for a project exploring how we can re-embody a long lost role as a co-evolutionary partner, rather than a gene controller, through carrying out mindful seed saving and community sharing.
Mother's day floral banners
Calendar for Garden Organic
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Winner - Nature - 2020 Pollux awards
'Barcode or Biophilia'
Winner in Nature Single image category in the International Pollux Awards. Alongside the beauty in the rhythm of the trees is the reference to a barcode, which represents how trees are viewed as a commodity, just as wood that is useful to humans.
Exhibited at the FotoNostrum Gallery in Barcelona March 4th-26th 2020.
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This image was chosen by Photofusion from over 1000 entries for their Salon 2019 and is on display until 23rd Jan 2020 at their gallery
The field poppy Papaver rhoeas has been used to commemorate the fallen since it covered the fields of Flanders with its blooms at the end of the 1st world war, and it has become known as the Remembrance poppy.
Here the blood red flower is a vivid memory, this plant has already reached the end of its life cycle and the colour is drained from it. The stem suggests the barbed wire of the trenches, and the transience of a flower reminds us of how fleeting life is. But in the dying plant's seedhead is the new life within, continuing the perpetual cycle.
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Silver in 2019 MIFA awards
This image won Silver in the Science/Environment category in the Moscow International Awards.
The seed is the beginning and the end, the origin and the completion of the whole. The journey of the seed to its final form is a symbol for the journey of the soul.
The Oak represents mighty power, from its huge botanical structure to the strength of the wood itself. It is often called the king of trees, not just due to its size but its ability to survive environmental change. Now however, human activities are taking a toll on these magnificent trees.
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209 Women in Open Eye Gallery Liverpool & parliament decide to archive collection
209 Women moves to Liverpool for February/March 2019. The Open Eye gallery is a beautiful large gallery on the docks beside Tate Liverpool.
Parliament have confirmed that the full 209 women collection of prints will be now be part of one of the most important public collections in the UK, to be preserved and shown for years to come.
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Art.Earth Artist of the month February 2019
Carol Sharp was asked to be Artist of the Month and discuss her work on the website of Art.Earth - a collective of artists and researchers with an interest in ecology and the environment.
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Pollux Awards 2019 - Winner of 2 categories
Carol Sharp has won 2 categories in the Pollux awards 2019.
The Systems IV image 'Linear breaking point' won the Digital manipulation single, and the 'Underworld' series images won in Nature series.
The images will be shown in Barcelona as part of the Biennial of Fine Art & Documentary Photography exhibition.
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Photofusion Salon 2018
'Decline IV - Return to the foetal form' has been selected for the Photofusion Salon 2018.
The Decline series follows the slowing down process in nature as rigidity and strength recedes and colour is lost, often there is shrivelling and shrinking, the life force seems to be leaving. Many similarities to aging humans can be drawn.
"This image is actually comprised of young leaves from the London Plane which had fallen early. But like all leaves as they dried they curled in. As I laid them out and studied them I was reminded of my elderly mother and her friends, who although they had shrunk and were bent over, still retained a resilient and playful character."
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209 Women show to mark 100 years since women got the vote
209 women will be a public exhibition in Parliament to mark 100 years of women achieving the vote: 209 new portraits of all women MPs, by 209 women photographers.
"I was delighted to be asked but told the curator Hilary Wood that it wasn't really my genre. She said they weren't just looking for mugshots but creative interpretations by different sorts of photographers. I said I would do it if I could be paired with the only green MP - Caroline Lucas.
So I came up with an idea for a photomontage around a vision of a green parliament. It entailed getting Caroline in an empty House of Commons and I was extremely fortunate that it was closed for a couple of weeks for repairs and I got permission to use it for the shoot.
Many thanks to my assistant Alice Constance and my friend Jonathan Froud for their help with the shoot."
On 14th December 1918 women voted for the first time, and in the same year the first female MP was elected. Launching 14th December 2018, 100 years on, 209 Women opens in Portculis house in the Palace of Westminster.
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11th Julia Margeret Cameron awards
An honourable mention was received for these 2 images in the 2018 awards.
They will be shown at the Photobiennial in Barcelona in October 2018.
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Billboard installation at Phytology
The billboard stayed up in Phytology nature reserve for a few weeks until 30th June 2018
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25th & 26th May 2018 : Chelsea Fringe installation
Carol Sharp demonstrates a device that can read the electromagnetic vibration of a plant and translate it into music, during an installation at Phytology, an artist led project at Bethnal Green Nature Reserve.
Hear how patterns and melodies change in relationship to fluctuations in the environment, listen to different plants and interact with them to affect the sounds. Play an instrument and hear the plant respond. Performances with invited musicians during the day and Carol will talk about her exploration into plant intelligence. Explore the nature reserve including medicinal meadows.
The event is open Friday 25th & Saturday 26th May from 11-6pm, and visits can also be made by appointment from 21st-24th May.
Saturday 25th May : Musicians perform an improvised set on site with the plants. Be there to experience this unique event!
Sound artist Simone Salvatici will be using using his amazing gongs which produce a powerful vibrational resonance.
Guitarist Alex Lewis will be playing various pieces and improvising when the plant chimes in.
4.30pm Both playing together
Chelsea Fringe is a garden festival in London which is run in parallel with the Chelsea Flower Show. It consists of a variety of eclectic events at locations across London.
April 2018 : Outdoor photography article
I was invited to write an article about capturing the essence of plants using photography, not only technical and creatively but also the philosophical side of communing with nature in this way. Click here to read complete article