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NON-NATIVE INVASIVE, 2010

Non-Native Invasive explores issues of displacement, orientation and belonging.

The individual works in this series are larger than life-size root system portraits of invasive plants that arrived by human activity to the UK.

The series is the culmination of research gathered about Schedule 9, which was a proposal to add on 70 non-native species to the existing register by the Department of Environment and Rural Affairs, UK.

Searching out the plants that are listed as invasive within the UK led me to the Chelsea Physic Garden where I sourced many of the images for the resulting images. A garden founded in 1673 by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries for its apprentices to study the medicinal qualities of plants, it became one of the most important centres of botany and plant exchange in the world.

All the roots were carefully extracted, tidied of soil and flatbed scanned within a custom-made darkroom. The images have been divided between light and dark. Japanese Knotweed roots burrow to such depths and widths that a full extraction wasn't attempted. Instead the scans of these root portions were inverted to explore the shadows and light of their potentiality as they journey off the edges of the frame.

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