how a seed becomes a squid

Astrantis Hadspen Blood seeds under microscope 2

And above all the need – indissociable from my very nature, from my way of seeing and thus of thinking – to go see everything very very close up so as to see, and consequently, the development of a vision that is hyperattentive to details, my approach as a scrutinizing ant, my sensitivity to the least sign.

Helene Cixous

upturned golden Astrantia Hadspen Blood seed

Exploring the Astrantia major ‘Hadspen Blood’ seed with my microscope and camera, as part of the work I’m making for the Abundance Garden Trail, in September in Somerset, in response to the former Hadspen Garden.

Pearlescence.

Colour.

Lens.

Focus, how to bring a garden that no longer exists into focus.

Placing a seed on my plant label for the Astrantia ‘Hadspen Blood’ plant that I bought all those years ago at Hadspen Garden.

Language, naming, typeface, form, growing tip, tentacles, squid.

Microscope of Astrantia Hadspen Blood seed plus label

I saw a live octopus come out from under a rock, as I lay face down on the surface on the water, in Sicily. It was so compelling, so alive, I knew I could not eat one ever again.

These seeds are reminiscent of squid, and remind me of the commonality of form and shape across nature, as well as distinctiveness and individuality. Tiny. Universe.

Astrantia Hadspen Blood seeds under microscope 4 Astrantia Hadspen Blood seeds under microscope 5  Astrantis Hadspen Blood seeds under microscope 3 end of Astrantia Hadspen Blood seed

About inquiline

Contemporary artist making live performance, sound, video and digital artworks, with people and places. Often nature is involved. Parks and other urban green spaces and networks are at the centre of my current research interests beside a long term general interest in the meeting points between the human and non-human.

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