In my Botanica project, I wanted to add the life forms to my field of creation. I have to admit, it is a completely uncharted territory in my work. I have started thinking about it once I became interested in the peculiar destiny of plants and started to notice the change in forms they take throughout the seasons. My interest grew tremendously as I began experimenting with the seeds, nurturing and following the growth and decay of the florae. Lacking the specialist experience, I saw the life of plants through different eyes, the non-pragmatic ones, those that do not belong to a farmer or a consumer. And thus the marvelous world of plants unfolded in front of me. Because of my new-found interest in the contemporary botanical science, I have discovered the incredible features of plants, so disparate yet so similar to those of the animals. The prevailing anthropocentric viewpoint obscures this fantastic, phenomenal world from us.
Flora is an equal and parallel life form without which the fauna, including humans, would not be able to survive.
It is astonishing that in many species of the plants we are now able to identify the signs of empathy as well as other psychological features previously thought to be intrinsic only to animals.
My intension behind this project is not to create a special narrative; rather, I aim to register the samples by using the typological method, which is closely related to the scientific botanical research. venetiana_sumaz.jpg