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“They [the sculptures] are taken out of circulation from the everyday world and made to float uncannily in a space without scale or dimension” - M. Inversen, Involuntary Photography, 2013.

Preserved, explores the meaning of displacement; a theoretical underpinning which demonstrates the act of human intervention and its role within preservation. One encapsulates a plant within glass, then furthers its existence through the documentation of photography.

This questioning of the object’s permanence ironically results in the death of a living organism before it is reformed within a displaced state of permanence. This new permanence is provided through the documentation of photography, the flora is then recognised through its own symbolisation dependant on the viewer’s belief and recognition of it’s existence.


Mhairi Alexander

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