May Space displays new works by Janet Tavener in her solo exhibition Seedless.
"Seedless, looks at the threat climate change poses to the humble seed and the catastrophic cascading effect it will have on our complex food chain. In the previous work, The Last Seed, frozen fruit and vegetables floated alongside tiny seeds encased in balls of ice. In the new chapter the primary subjects are the seeds, whose ice cocoons are melting away. Now golden, to denote their preciousness, the seeds, hemmed in by air bubbles, appear suspended in gently effervescing pools, suggestive of both the petri dish and the cosmos – microbiology and the lunar surface. These connections between macro and micro worlds highlights just how precious and precarious life on earth is."
Tavener’s interest in exploring the changing nature of consumption, the geopolitics of food production and distribution, and its effect on the environment can be seen throughout her oeuvre.
This includes Strange Fruit (2013), a photographic suite imaging exotic and heirloom fruits as ice sculptures, calling to mind the shrinking polar icecaps. Memento (2015) shows objects symbolic of decay and transience (such as a skull, a timepiece and various fruits) that have been frozen in time as they sink beneath the icy water’s surface.
Other series include ornate jelly sculptures cast in resin and a decadent Victorian banquette formed from sugar paste.
Exhibition opening drinks: Saturday 30 November, 3pm to 5pm.