Sophie Rhodes, ‘Sympoiesis’ 2021. Pen and ink on A3 hot pressed water colour paper. 29.7 x 42 cm ea. Image courtesy: the artist.

Artist statement

‘Sympoiesis’ is series of pen and ink drawings of microscopic plant slides turned into large-scale video projections. This transformation of biological artefacts features science obscured, allowing for the exploration of inter-subjectivity in a way that makes plants amenable to aesthetic appreciation rather than traditional empirical observation. An insular drawing process is presented, depicted in motion, recognising the interiority of plants and positioning them as our companions in the multispecies ecology.

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Acknowledgement of Country

UNSW School of Art & Design stands on an important place of learning and exchange first occupied by the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples.

We acknowledge the Bidjigal and Gadigal peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land that our students and staff share, create and operate on. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and extend this respect to all First Nations peoples across Australia. Sovereignty has never been ceded.