Interwoven and Harvest - Excercises in Rootsystem Domenstication. Also, study for Dress (hanging). Soil and oat grass seed Species: Avena Sativa In works blending botany and photography with the history of design, Scherer directs the growth of plant roots to achieve new yet familiar forms. The artist’s process begins with material research into biology, the testing of several plant species, like grasses and grains, to see how well they respond to a growth environment that is carefully shaped and layered to produce patterned root growth. In a process that can take up to a year, once growth has progressed enough, the roots are cut, separated from the rest of the plants, and treated to remain stable. The results of this process, directed by careful choices of patterns in three dimensions, produce compositions of woven roots that make clear references to the history of decorative design such as Art Nouveau, yet depart from them in important ways. Here, the maker wields only limited control, opening the door to the unpredictability of biology, and welcoming the serendipitous irregularities and asymmetries that make each work unique. The artist collaborates with biologists at the Radbound University in the Netherlands and cites the work of Karl Blossfeldt as an important influence, the pioneer in photographing plant forms who was active in the late 19th century. Diana Scherer

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