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HOLD (TANNIN, EARTH, SOOT, RUST)

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Disconnected parts of cotton fabric interwoven with dark dyes and earthy stains. Geranium, trustworthy and resilient, is remapped through Hold (Tannin, Earth, Soot, Rust). It’s colour is extracted, and its purpose, reengineered. If the cotton fabric is tested in the same changing environments, would it survive as Geraniums do? Native to South Africa, and in traversing across continents, the genus has been nurtured into hundreds of others. Just as these hybrid organisms have developed over time, this work has stitched itself into the feral neighbourhood. A geranium presents itself differently on each occasion - its leaf, its colour, its size.

In the same way that Geraniums possess intrinsic variations that appear different superficially, Hold (Tannin, Earth, Soot, Rust) weaves elements of the physical with the soil, each part of the fabric unique in appearance. Blue-grey, brown stains trail from the Geraniums, the work becomes more complex. Cotton is simple in its nature, empty and blank. Each dye with its distinct derivatives - Geranium, Dandelion, Eucalyptus - attach to the cotton, embodying an element of the most natural and feral locations. Rough foliage, weathered leaves, distinct hues that erupt from the Geranium. United and materialised across the cotton fabric, becoming evidence of the raw phenomena in neighbourhoods.

Without a route of passing and movement, stemming from South Africa, Hold (Tannin, Earth, Soot, Rust) would be without this feral organism. Without it, the Dandelion and Eucalyptus would be resentful. Their uncontrollable nature would dominate the cotton, taking hold. The Geranium is a mitigator. It immerses itself in the cotton, close by to iron oxide and soot particles. The latter are domesticated, not gentle but sedentary in nature. They contrast the feral dyes that trail the cotton, filling spaces that are left untouched. The material weaves through the feral and the domestic, tying the two inextricably. Does Hold (Tannin, Earth, Soot, Rust) withstand the rugged terrain between the two?






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