AGAVE PLANT PLIÈ
Questioning the center perspective’s representation mode the Plant Plié project, still in progress, tries to move beyond the traditional frame and classical organization of the spectator as a subejct in front of an object. The aim is a more direct and dwelling engagement with the surroundings adding a temporal and bodily dimension to the works through it’s repetitive and reflective visual progression.
In the folded drawing the motive is drawn successively from new angles under different light/shadow conditions creating small displacements integrating time as proces into the visual expression as scenic experiences gradually unfolding creating a synthesis of multi-perspective views based on the movement of the body of the viewer rather than a one-dimensional and one-directed view.
The first plant to be portrayed is Agave americana, a large succulent plant of the Asparagaceae family. It grows in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. It has a powerful leaf rosette with gray-green leaves. It can in tropical areas grow up to 1.75 meters long and 20 cm wide and flowers after 10 to 15 years. In colder climates it can take up to 50 years to bloom. The flowers are pale yellow and pollinated by butterflies and bats. It has antiseptic, wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties. The juice can be used internally to control the growth of decay bacteria in the stomach and intestines. The Aztecs and Mayans used agave juice and egg whites to make a poultice that was then laid on wounds to speed healing. A poultice made from the root and the leaves are often used to treat a toothache.
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