OUT/ABOUT: DANIEL SHIPP ‘BOTANICAL INQUIRY’
Sydneysider Daniel Shipp’s photographic exhibition ‘Botanical Inquiry’ is a carefully orchestrated arrangement of almost ikebana-like plants and flowers against cinematic backdrops of our cityscapes that are full of drama. Working with vegetation sourced from the streets of Sydney, Shipp hones in to amplify the small natural wonders often overlooked in the hustle and bustle of the everyday.
Playing on scale, Shipp creates an insect-like perspective. We are made to imagine him digging himself into the ground in order to access this viewpoint. With the looming dip of a stem, plants lose their delicateness and become towering, textural structures, beautifully sinuous in form, speaking of the survival of the fittest. The built environment is hazy, solitary and haunting, yet almost insignificant against the drama of plant life, a reminder of the true order of things.
‘Botanical Inquiry’ is fuelled by Shipp’s relentless curiosity of the interaction with and simultaneous existence of the built and the natural environments.
Daniel Shipp ‘Botanical Inquiry’
Saint Cloche Gallery
37 Macdonald Street
Monday – Friday: 8am – 4pm
Saturday – Sunday: 8am – 5pm
Until May 3rd