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Living Art

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2023_in itinere

Through the study, collection, and transplantation of bryophytes, the artist constructs and nurtures semi-autonomous micro-ecosystems that merge textile art, sculpture, and living nature. The initial textile work serves as a precursor to the organic landscape’s transformation, which undergoes a genuine life cycle, imbuing the artworks with an ephemeral yet partly predictable and modifiable essence. Moss, which colonizes and interlaces the artwork with its dense, delicate filaments, emerges as the central focus of the investigation. It is noteworthy that bryophytes inhabit all continents due to their remarkable adaptability, often serving as pioneering species. Moss cushions found in forests and along rivers retain substantial amounts of water, contributing to the environmental water balance. Additionally, they possess the capacity to absorb toxins, serving as natural, environmentally benign air purifiers. These “lower plants” are indispensable; without them, the survival of “higher plants” during periods of intense drought would be severely compromised, a pressing concern given recent water scarcity issues.

Photos by Isabel Rodriguez Ramos.


Isabel Rodriguez Ramos ©2024

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