A Morphology

Taraxacum officinale

Taraxacum officinale (naturalized)

A morphology is a study of the form of animals and plants, as well as the form of words and systems of forms in a language. Here, common dandelion, Taraxacum officinale is positioned by botanical latin, composition and scale to suggest "value." Similarly a pattern derived from the same dissection is 'naturalized': escaped, multiplied, and reordered to become domestic culture. Although historically useful and found across the globe, dandelion is now most commonly thought of not as a beautiful, successful and desirable immigrant, but as an aggressive, noxious, invader. 

In A Morphology, Veil, the naturalized matrix is printed repeatedly on translucent Japanese Gampi paper then joined to drape through an interior. Its delicate materiality shifts and moves in any breeze. Although emphatically of the domestic interior, it is a reminder of a vale of dandelions in a spring breeze. Installation photos from Liz Parkinson: Pattern and Preoccupation, 2010 at The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, an historic flour mill. 

Patterns of flocking superimposed on the images further suggests both rich domesticity and perhaps a spreading disorder.

Taraxacum officinale and Taraxacum officinale (naturalized), 90x121cm, drypoint on BFK Rives with flocking. $1800 each

A Morphology Naturalized Veil  The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 2010
A Morphology Naturalized Veil The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 2010

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A Morphology Naturalized Veil  The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 2010
A Morphology Naturalized Veil The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 2010

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A Morphology Naturalized Veil  The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 2010
A Morphology Naturalized Veil The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 2010

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A Morphology Naturalized Veil  The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 2010
A Morphology Naturalized Veil The Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, 2010

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