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Solo show – Droog Gallery Amsterdam – 6 January 2020 – 30 March 2020

With Hyper Rhizome, Diana Scherer presents a selection of works from plantrootweaving, alongside scientific research and growing objects. Through her installations, photographs and botany Scherer examines the boundaries between plant culture and plant nature. What does “natural” mean in the Anthropocene and is man not also nature or a parasitic species on the rest of his environment? In order to realize her ideas she collaborates with biologists, engineers from TU Delft and Radboud University Nijmegen.  Scherer applies the intelligence of plants in her work and makes the hidden world visible. With Exercises in Rootsystem Domestication the natural network of the roots turns into an artificial textile.  She approaches the root system as if it were  yarn and analyze the various appearances. For example, the refined, white root structure of grass reminds her of silk and the powerful, yellowish strands of the daisy she compares to wool. Scherer combines her interest in plant science with textile craft. She brings together her research in weaving techniques with the strength of nature.

The patterns Scherer applies in her work reflect her interest in hybrid forms. She combines the geometric and ordering principles of nature with basic man-made patterns from her surroundings such as a doormat or bubble wrap. The construction and ordering principles of nature is the theory that assumes that the same elements and patterns keep coming back in every plant and consist of a geometric order.

The exhibition is kindly supported by BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Mondriaan Fonds, Fonds Kwadraat, Radboud University Nijmegen, TU Delft

 https://www.tracymetz.nl/2020/02/05/diana-scherers-kunstwerken-van-levend-textiel/