Sara Dodd: Sea Flora

Sara Dodd: Sea Flora

Sat 5 Apr — Sun 3 Aug 2014

10.00 am — 5.45 pm
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (find us)
Gateway Gallery, upstairs in the John Hope Gateway
No booking required

This collection of some 40 seaweed specimens reveals the extraordinary range, beauty and diversity of seaweeds that grow in the rock pools and kelp beds along the shores of East Lothian, from Gullane to Seacliff. Collected through the seasons, they show the life cycle from vibrant new growth to mature form, with the accompanying changes to pigmentation and ultimately decay as time and tide take their toll. These are real specimens (although at first glance they resemble botanical illustrations) based on an old Victorian tradition of herbarium pressing, but presented in a contemporary context. The images are striking in their simplicity and surprising by their similarity to land-based flora, taking graceful organic forms resembling trees, leaves, flowers and feathers – their exquisite abstraction of colour, shape and form questioning the division between science and art.

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