The Transplants: 1st Configuration
Temporary collage in wooden box
2018-2019

The TRANSPLANT collages were created from photographs taken in Kew Botanical Gardens in London and photographs of flora in Penang. During my art residency in London, I had taken a lot of reference photos and built up a library of images that I could use. I was searching for a way to express my feelings of belonging in a foreign place and the sense of alienation in Malaysia and thought to combine the images from London with images from Penang. I selected images that provided plenty of plant material to work with and began the process of cutting and rearranging the separate elements until I have a form which I was satisfied with. I only chose to use plant forms to create these hybrids as this was an extension of the Strange Botanicals series and related to what I had explored in London. The collages were then arranged in a wooden box and photographed. They weren’t fixed in place therefore the composition is fluid and can be changed every time.

Bibidari created  from a mixture of tropical and temperate plants.

Bibidari created from a mixture of tropical and temperate plants.

Raksasas  assembled from photos of a woodpile in Kew Gardens, fleshed out with fungi and leaves from Penang.

Raksasas assembled from photos of a woodpile in Kew Gardens, fleshed out with fungi and leaves from Penang.

The process of excising and assembling.

The process of excising and assembling.

What’s been made new and what’s left behind.

What’s been made new and what’s left behind.