NATURE MORTE & PORTRAITS
Info about Explorer Number 1 (I just want a simple life). It is a self portrait staged at the last protected natural site in Copenhagen – Amager Fælled, which is under threat due to new urban planning strategies. The work draws inspiration from the Suri tribe in the Omo Valley in the plains of south-western Ethiopia and tribe members ‘natural fashion’ using their skin as a surface to express themselves artistically decorating their bodies with natural pigments made from powdered volcanic rock as red ochre, green copper ore, white kaolin and powdered limestone as well as making elaborate headwear of flowers, fruits, leaves, grasses, shells, feathers and animal horns. I’m wearing a headbouquet of natural plants, some of which are seldom only living in areas like this like Quaking Grass, Cynosures, Fernleaf Dropwort, and Inula salicina, and carry a piece of cultivated nature in my hand: a piece of chopped wood as a symbolic weapon.
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