Friday, May 11, 2012
Photographer: Emma Walker
Posted by Maxine Harris
The photographs above are taken from Emma’s portfolio, ‘An Assemblage of Improbable Flowers & Insects’. Not a project for the faint-hearted, Emma utilised the slightly irksome art of Taxidermy, warping our sense of perspective by mutating parts of insects and flowers. She explains ‘These series demonstrate the creation of life, in a crude and perhaps disrespectful manner, imitating science, by dissecting and destroying life in order to create it’. In doing so, she questions our perceptions of life and creation, and the ethics of science in its ability to mutate and dissipate our notions of natural design. Her photographs are orchestrated simply with just a white background and the newly created, and unique, insect or flower placed on top. This juxtaposition between the beautifully simple presentation and complex method and design appears to mirror that which we find in daily life. A human for example is on the surface a body, but when one looks at the intricacy with which we were made, the true complexity of our design can be realised.
Emma’s photography is not only incredibly intricate, but also innovative as it crosses the boundaries of what we traditionally know as natural design.