Wednesday, June 3, 2009

I'm Lichen You A Lot

Photos: Michael Pham

Our rapidly developing society continues to blur the distinction between Science and Nature. In petri dishes all over the world, nature is being ‘re-designed’ for both beneficial and destructive ends.

I’m Lichen You A Lot is the most beautiful felt fungal disease to infect the city of Melbourne. Thousands of tiny felt lichen spanning many species, both real and invented, will create a saturating composition of ‘artificial nature’. I’m Lichen You A Lot is an attempt to challenge our increasingly confused notion of natural beauty, changing the city’s landscape with an injection of beautiful and fragile synthesized nature within the subway.

Aint got no money, aint got no hair

Photos: Michael Pham

We tend to accept the common notion that death is the end of a form of life. For most living organisms like plants and humans death not only signifies an end but also precludes a necessary beginning for new life. In this work the fragile and often futile existence of a single human form is celebrated within the context of the immortal cycle of life. While the intricate network of human veins and arteries flow back to the earth from where they were taken, new life meanwhile rises triumphantly from their ashes. Delicately tactile, and intricately detailed, Aint got no money, aint got no hair is a work that demonstrates the inherent beauty of life through death.