Cutting (father) 2014 Archival pigment print on cotton paper 100 x 71.5 cm Edition of 3
Cutting (mother) 2014 Archival pigment print on cotton paper 100 x 71.5 cm Edition of 3
Cutting (diptych) 2014 Archival pigment prints on cotton paper 100 x 143 cm (two panels) Edition of 2
Cutting (diptych) depicts my mother and father holding an orchid cactus entombed in wax. Also known as Queen of the Night, this plant can take up to a year to produce a flower that only blooms for a single night. Planted by my parents in the home where I was born, it has been nurtured and regrown from cutting to cutting. On rare occasions when it flowered, my grandmother would make a healing soup from its sweet intoxicating blossom. Encasing the plant in wax is a symbolic act – one of holding onto collective cultural memory – but in doing so the plant is destroyed. This work explores the transmission of culture, and the passage between sensory and material thresholds of the body.