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ALIEN BOTANICALS - A Hybridist’s Dream - JENNA NAYLOR

WINDOW EXHIBITION
8th to 22nd September


A brand new window exhibition, part of ongoing research within AirSpace studio artist Jenna Naylor's practice. The instrallation comprises sculpture and drawing, exploring alien botanicals and hybrids and questioning the possible origins of these specimens, using the idea of the Hybridist to consider their natural or unnatural means of creation.

Hybridist (noun): Somebody who hybridizes or cross breeds plants or animals

As if appearing from nowhere, the bizarre, alien botanicals continue to evolve and be discovered in more monstrous and impossible forms. With new hybrids emerging and growing at unknown rates, their origins are just as mysterious. With some segments of the hybrids being familiar plants and creatures, their earthly origins are evident despite their otherworldly structures.

Strange objects are often found with these botanical hybrids, which often resemble nests, seeds and chrysalis left over from their developing hybridisation. Another possibility is that these objects are purposefully created, maybe as lures for unsuspecting prey, or territory markers to avoid clashes with other hybrids.
Although appearing to be perfectly adapted to their found surroundings, it is almost as if these specimens have sprung from a Hybridists dream or an unhinged scientist’s laboratory; creations of human’s reckless manipulation of nature. Or perhaps their origins are more simply a random act of natural evolution, self-seeding from elements in the soil and the hybrids sporadically form, combining plants and creatures nearby.


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A brand new window exhibition, part of ongoing research within AirSpace studio artist Jenna Naylor's practice. The instrallation comprises sculpture and drawing, exploring alien botanicals and hybrids and questioning the possible origins of these specimens, using the idea of the Hybridist to consider their natural or unnatural means of creation.

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