Wasps and the Briggait are delighted to present 'Viridescent Epiphyte' from Emma Hislop & Matthew Rimmer
Exhibition Opening: Friday 6th December, 6-8pm
Exhibition Continues: 9th December - 3rd January
An organism that grows on unfertile surfaces, deriving nutrients and moisture from climate and surrounding debris. An organism that regards or interprets the world through itself being the most prominent, central element of existence. These sentences define near opposite life forms, undergrowth (epiphytes) and humankind.
Viridescent Epiphyte explores these opposing organisms through visible systems. The artists commodify the key characteristics of a system – interaction, interdependence and integration to generate viridescence, becoming green.
In their first collaboration, Rimmer and Hislop bring together their separate lines of research to blend hypotheses, material, principles and aesthetics. Bioremediation is the tackling of contaminated landscape and tailings through repopulating a site with native growth. But what of this change? A replica is hidden in plain sight. The carbon sink of the forest floor is seen as a literal cistern, monitored and conditioned by apparatus.
The subculture of substrate tears somewhere between online community forums and biomedical laboratories. The in-between sets a landscape for collaboration, physical objects are outweighed by the presence the space fills between them. Vapour, climate, other existences shift the hierarchy from our view on objects to their synchronised coexistence looking down on us.
The creation of a new world disconnects us from our own, a simplified paradise is formed. idyllic landscapes are seen and reproduced, now living beside you, benefitting from your attentive care, and you find connection to nature through the process of organising and administering, seeing and understanding it.
Featured in this exhibition are attempts at making ecosystems; an abstracted gut microbiome whos visible climate explores the decline of our ecological system is placed beside a speculative view of biotope aquariums witnessed in the native waters of the organisms contained. The fabricating of these ecosystems allows us to interact with something that is infinitely complex, and brings to light our responsibility over them as living matter, questioning roles in the future state of our ecosphere.