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Statement

‘Flora and Fauna’ is an immersive artwork which juxtaposes microscopic images of excised invertebrate anatomy with scanning electron micrographs of plant material. The intricate invertebrate forms are laser cut out of Fresnel lenses and installed in layer after layer, each new layer distorting and magnifying the last. Peaking out from behind this ‘primordial soup’ of invertebrate fragments is a slowly morphing projection of a flower, magnified 30x with a scanning electron microscope.  The invertebrate forms warp and distort the light originating from the flower images in a manner that precisely conforms to the viewers’ own movement. The lenses are static but the light is dynamic, coupled to your gait, forcing you in relation. Inverted images of the flower surface sometimes show themselves on the surface of the invertebrate lenses, but soon vanish into colored light, unless you hold still enough. The flower surface is in fact projected onto another, larger, Fresnel lens, which forms a focal point behind the viewer. Rather then just scattering or passing light through, or even forming an image, this lens does what lenses do: it forms a focal point, which scientifically speaking, remaps the flower image into Fourier space. Visually this presents itself to us as a radially symmetric sunburst of varied light. While some traces of the original projected image remain, only by putting an additional lens in the path of this focal point can the original image be reconstructed- however I do not do this as I prefer not to reconstruct, but to remap, warp, distort.

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