garden of cruel delights

Suzanne Davey, Bind: Clivea Miniata, 2017, Digital Archival Print, 60 x 42 cm

 

Suzanne Davey, Held: Agave Attenuata, 2017, Digital Archival Print, 60 x 42 cm

 

Suzanne Davey, Merge: Liriope Muscar, 2017, Digital Archival Print, 60 x 42 cm

 

Suzanne Davey, Mesh: Cordyline Australia, 2017, Digital Archival Print, 60 x 42 cm

 

Suzanne Davey, Wrapped: Cordyline Rubra, 2017, Digital Archival Print, 60 x 42 cm

 

Suzanne Davey, Fixing Breaking: Crassula Ovata, Digital Archival Print, 60 x 42cm

 

The Garden of Cruel Delights is an ongoing photographic series investigating emotional boundaries between us, plants and spaces we co-habit. I am fascinated by human behavior and our psychological interrelationships with natural systems. The garden is approached as an exchange zone between us and environmental forces, a space of constant flux and transformation. Textiles, ceramics and their associations with the haptic and bodily are utilised to examine concepts such as empathy, moral codes, desire, control and cruelty towards plants and habitat. Tensions abound within the garden; from our love hate relationship with it, to our destruction of the natural systems plants require to thrive and our care and preservation of them, to the tensions between the chaos plants create through prolific reproduction and our desire for order and control. Brought together by a series of performative actions the works become a stage for reflecting upon our contrary relationships with environmental ecologies and the potential consequences for our future physical and emotional landscapes.