Most of the contextual references our group gathered for human anatomy have contained an aspect of nature.
Ana Barboza is a fashion and textiles artist use specifically uses sewing and embroidery. Cliodhna’s artist reference shows a different take on human anatomy. With the floral patterns weaved into the human anatomy it’s nice to see two elements that could have the possibility forming connections.
“An important part of my work revolves around the human body. At first, I used needlework and embroidery to fragment, recompose and decorate the human body. I worked with self-portraits; photographs printed on fabric that were later intervened with embroidery, and decorative patterns that served as camouflage.” – Source Material
Kate McDowell is a ceramicist with influences from Renaissance Italy, Classical and Minoan Greece, Nepal and Thailand. Looking at her work it helps visualise what our world could be. With nature and living creatures living inside the organs.
Enkel Dika is an illustrator who has done a series of illustrations connecting organs and social construct . Looking at his work shows the human work force in the organs. The idea of introducing class systems and tasks, a government to the human body work. Looking at the workforce as gardeners could be a way to take on the world, with plants infused in the human body
So naturally for us as a group we acknowledged this and explore it. When conducting my own research i came across this article online: People are Plants which highlights the work of Cleve Backsters. In his book ‘Primary Perception: Biocommunication with Plants, Living Foods, and Human Cells‘ He carried out several experiments showings plants have an emotional response.
“At that time, the plant was about fifteen feet away from where I was standing and the polygraph equipment was about five feet away. The only new thing that occurred was this thought. It was early in the morning and no other person was in the laboratory. My thought and intent was: “I’m going to burn that leaf!” The very moment the imagery of burning that leaf entered my mind, the polygraph recording pen moved rapidly to the top of the chart! No words were spoken, no touching the plant, no lighting of matches, just my clear intention to burn the leaf. The plant recording showed dramatic excitation. To me this was a powerful, high quality observation.” – An excerpt from’Primary Perception…’
Whether it is 100% accurate or not for me makes connections that the human anatomy and the nature world have similarities we are unaware of and that an interpretation of the human body could have an aesthetic of nature which could bring a new twist.