Marco Walker: Power Plant
It was an article about plant intelligence in the New Yorker that got Marco Walker rethinking the role of nature in the digital world. “The piece was about the book ‘The Secret Life of Plants’ about the experiments proving that plants had feelings,” the Austrian-American artist and photographer tells us. “I think we are losing touch with the biosphere with everything so heavily dependent on technology.”
For the nine new works he produced for Power Plant, Walker went back to the old-fashioned process of cut-outs (inspired by Matisse), where the images of botany, sunsets and birds, were shot with colour filters, cut and layered, then reshot. The resulting works by the London-based photographer have a surreal, dreamlike quality, with rich, sumptuous colours and a collage-like composition giving a 3D effect. “I still prefer the hands-on process and like the imperfection of cut-outs,” he says. “Nature isn’t perfect but we live in a digital world where everything looks perfect. So I wanted to bring plants to life and celebrate the part they play in our existence.”
Marco Walker’s Power Plant runs until 2nd October 2016 at The Dot Project, London.