William Morris

artists, Daisy Lafarge

Daisy Lafarge

o sweet fiscal, azalea banks
or blueberry gorge
the afternoon racists mow their lawns
everything in a house should be useful
or beautiful, suite England
as Engl-ish as anxiety snagged in floral

some foliage is the stuff of paperbacks

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SIPHONING

artists, Daisy Lafarge

Daisy Lafarge

habitual catalogue of the day, intro ft.
blossom fallen from a gated
property and crisping on the pavement’s
piss-streaked sun, kicked
out of shape by the advance of
a woman whose feet pass quickly
then recede in the distance
soon followed by a girl whose shoulders
curl a phonetic c as she frowns (at
feet/blossom/pavement)
at which point the narrative corrects
the woman as Mother & the latter
grammar as Disobedient
Daughter, and the world shakes off
its hope of distance to assume a
familiar shape: in which
the blossom becomes fallout
of some unseen conflict & we
the barely treading water, like toothless
children bobbing for apples
& ushering worlds
round their axes

Lafarge & Language

artists, Daisy Lafarge

Daisy Lafarge explores language in a multitude of ways.

Take, for example, her tandem of work for Between poles and tides. We see her video Not For Gain (2013) presented as a mysterious intertwining of sound, video and language. The film uses Lafarge as narrator to speak of border controls and migration, against a background of botanical gardens.

Next, we encounter Lafarge as author within her text ‘Slice the Delicate Network’. Her writing begins with reflections on the title Between poles and tides itself, and then begins to transition into the exploration of the work of other artists in the exhibition; from the rhythms of Katie Paterson’s clocks to the floral commons of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s paintings.

Botanical Art

Daisy Lafarge

We have curated a selection of botanical art from across modern history to inspire the senses in the fascinating realm of botany.

Anna Atkins, British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, 1843: The British botanist Atkins, with the assistance of Anna Dixon, used early forms of photography as a method of scientifically recording plant specimens. The scientific publication was the first artist book to use a light-sensitive processing.

annatkins

Credit: J. Paul. Getty Museum

Karl Blossfeldt, Art Forms in Nature, 1928: The German sculptor Blossfeldt used his photographs of natural, botanical specimens to instruct his students. He found “the highest artistic forms” to be in nature, photographing them close up to become abstract and sculptural, more reminiscent of classical architecture than what you might find in the garden.

karlblossfeldt

Credit: Karl Blossfeldt Archive

Corin Sworn, At Inverleith House, 2014: The Scottish contemporary artist Sworn presented a body of work at Inverleith House that used specimens from the herbarium of the Royal Botanical Garden in Edinburgh as a source for material and pigments. The natural dyes extracted by the artist form a series of abstract swathes of colours, displayed alongside the specimens themselves. Through this process, the artist explored chance and the malleable nature of her art.

Credit: RBGE/Inverleith House archive

Alice Meyers, Winterless Skies, c. 2015: Inspired by the Victorian craze for plant collections, Meyers’ photographic series explores how the natural world is never quite able to fit into our man-made structures.

alicemeyrs

Credit: the artist

Macoto Murayama, Kosmos-matrix-i-b, 2015: The Japanese artist creates drawings from microscopic studies of plant dissections, which are then re-modelled with imaging software. Through this he explores the power of scientific intellect clashing with the romantic struggle of understanding nature.

murayama

Credit: the artist/Frantic Gallery

Introduction | Daisy Lafarge

about, artists, Daisy Lafarge, Introduction

Graduating from ECA in 2016, Lafarge has since established herself within Edinburgh as an artist exploring the intricacies of language and spoken word.

In recent months her selected texts have been published on literary platforms such as Poetry London, The Poetry Review and Annuale 2016. She also performs her poetic musings at live events around the city.