Character Studies in Plant Life

Sophie Shaw

Zero : the void, potential, true beginnings, 2017

Giclée print, 280x300mm

(inc. two inch white border)

One : creation, aggression, confidence, 2017

Giclée print, 255x295mm

(inc. two inch white border)

Two : unity, vulnerability, flexibility, peace, 2017

Giclée print, 250x295mm

(inc. two inch white border)

Three : completeness, synergy, energy, all, 2017

Giclée print, 425x335mm

(inc. two inch white border)

Four : family, revelation, stability, rootedness, 2017

Giclée print, 250x295mm

(inc. two inch white border)

In this series I used an old book of botanical prints to explore themes of human dynamics such as how people work together and relate to each other in groups. I used collage to play with the personalities and dynamics associated with different numbers. I worked intuitively when putting these collages together and then related them retrospectively to the ideas these numbers are said to symbolise in various cultures.

 

I was interested in archetypes, how they resonate deeply with us - like an internal cultural grammar which can feel right or wrong without us knowing why. Exploring our archetypes can help us explore our cultural language, bringing the way these ideas operate for us into the open.

Archetypes and group dynamics:

 

© Sophie Shaw, 2018

sophielshaw@gmail.com

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