Rooted Botanicals

Rooted Botanicals

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Jill Hotchkiss investigates recurring patterns in nature. She has observed a universal, dendritic (or branchlike) pattern that is echoed throughout the natural world; found within architecture of trees, river tributaries, mycelium networks, lightning, oceanic/coral structures, geographic topography, botanical root systems, and vascular/neural anatomy. This sacred biomimicry represents the interdependence and bond between all living, biological systems. In this current body of work she has been studying floriography, looking closely at the different characteristics, properties and symbology of plants. The intricately intertwined root systems, usually an invisible yet critical component of plant life, are uncovered, heavily emphasized and represent our interconnectedness. The artist is illustrating the wisdom of how rooted ecosystems below the surface flourish symbiotically in a shared network, which can be used as a model above ground, displaying how we too can cohabitate sustainably with nature in our constructed environments. Selected specimens (similar to those in a cabinet of curiosity) are gilded and preserved. Gold, a natural precious metal, was selected as the medium due to its historical significance and ascribed societal value. Emphasis is placed on the medium and scale of the work in an effort to amplify the critical importance of the subject matter- nature’s preservation.

Rooted Botanicals

Jill Hotchkiss
by Jill Hotchkiss
media: installation and sculpture
year: 2021
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tags: biodiversity , climate change , forest protection , ecosystems , plant life , activism

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