VERONICA VICKERY

Fuchsia

Re-workings of photographic prints, scratchings and erasures, installation.
Each drawing/print is only 10cm. The sculptural forms, made out of sugar paste in a state of decay, are a similar size.

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Richard Mabey refers to ‘weeds’ as “the boundary breakers, the stateless minority, who remind us that life is not that tidy. They could help us to learn to live across nature’s borderlines again” (Mabey 2012, 291-2). Like many so called weeds, the opportunistic fuchsia is well travelled across societies and through time.

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The word weeds, often used by us in a derogatory way, denotes those plants that have actually an amazing ability to defy our attempts at control, as a visit to my allotment and its beautiful but vegetable strangling display of bindweed shows...