IAN WIECZOREK - Visual Artist

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Specimen Tree

Glass jar with plastic lid, moss, twig, acrylic medium
6x5cm (hxd), 2010

Specimen Tree is located in perceived notions of ‘Science’ as an institutional dynamic. It addresses the tendency of Science to study, categorise, and collect. It also alludes to the control Science is seen to exert over Nature both in the macro and also the micro (genetic) contexts. It establishes a metaphorical confluence between glass container and test tube, a powerful signifier of Scientific orthodoxy: Nature reduced, contained, controlled.

- Ian Wieczorek (text, 2010)

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