Dandelion: Fire Bird

Dandelions became another world when I looked at them close up.

I saw the fire bird.

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Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942). Illustration for  Contes de l'isba : Ivan-Tsarevich and the Firebird

Ivan Bilibin (1876-1942). Illustration for Contes de l'isba: Ivan-Tsarevich and the Firebird

The discovery of shared forms and colours.


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“The discovery of shared forms” is a way to post-anthropocentric thought. It’s is about seeing repeating patterns across scales, and recognising similarities in shape of seemingly disconnected entities. It draws human and nonhuman domains together, from human imaginations to flowers, insects, and beyond, and so it provides a way out of thinking of the “human-nature divide”. If you’re interested, check out Chapter 6 of King & Page’s book on posthumanism and the graphic novel.

Flower: an insect perspective

We often appreciate flowers as still life. But they're not still.
This video captures something that may be closer to an insect perspective: the flower on the move.
Flower and wind in real time. Blow your head, poppy.

Flowers are expressive and sway. I tried to capture this with music. Insects need to consider the movements of a flower when they plan to spend some time together. Hold on tight.
This is a landscape where I’d like to spend some time, even though it’s hectic. Inviting textures and shapes, intimate internal structures, deep colour.


Below is my discovery of the day: sunflower and dandelion have spiral shapes in common.

And this: a dandelion on its way out looks like it’s about to burst into flames.