Calamus aromatica, water cane, concrete, acrylic spray, water, varnish, dimensions variable, 2020
Installation of water canes planted into concrete, creating pathways for the audience to navigate through the space. The installation highlights the unconscious development with concrete that destroys natural habitats.
Each concrete base is unique as it is crafted one by one, by hand. Eleni Phyla
We have domesticated ourselves, as much as the flora and fauna around us, to live in the concrete jungles we have created. Populating the microcosm of the exhibition space like desiccated human souls, Calamus Aromatica (2020) is a battalion of tall cane plants picked from a river near the artist’s village and planted in cement bases, dying as the show progresses. Cathryn Drake