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AGAVE PLANT PLIÈ


 
 
 
Questioning the center perspective’s representation mode the Plant Plié project tries to move beyond the traditional frame and classical organization of the spectator as a subject 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 and foldings.

The motive is depicted successively from new angles 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 plant Agave Americana is chosen as motive based on its character as ‘cultivated nature’. It is a large succulent plant of the Asparagaceae family. It grows in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide and 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.

Its  many antiseptic, wound-healing and anti-inflammatory healing qualities makes it a positive example of a cultivated nature. 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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