Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Thinking of the overview

Worked on these paper batik sketchbook images - does the removal of colour add or subtract? Or is it a matter of personal taste?

On research. I can't help, when starting a new project, but think about the overview. Researching the history of botanic gardens has revealed that their layouts sometimes incorporated astrological, cosmological and religious notions. The layout in astrologically resonant forms - circles, squares and triangles - was intended to channel the positive energy radiating from the planets and stars into objects on earth. An idea that lives on in the theory of bio-dynamic gardening (planting to coincide with certain phases of the moon). Magic perhaps and against all reason... 

This particular Botanic Garden has its own history as does the place. Further research will reveal more.

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