Framing: Archival Print on Diasec Tru Life. Paper: Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag.
Amidst a global rise of nationalism and borders closing, who cares about the feelings of immigrants? Pushed around by authorities, moody electorates and extremism, today's explorers are constantly on the lookout for more peaceful pastures. Who cares about roots, just keep on running. Be strong, arm up, next place may be more welcoming.
Love-in-a-mist (Passiflora foetida) is a botanical immigrant, unwelcome in parts of the world that seem to prefer uniform, ornamental garden flowers.
Native to South America and found in the Amazon Rainforest, this weed has managed to travel to far and distant lands. A strong climber with beautiful flowers and yellow, tasty passion fruits, this plant is less fragile than it looks. Raw leaves contain cyanide to defend animals from eating it and its fruits are covered by sticky, misty nets catching small insects before reaching the delicious fruits.
The specimens used for this work were growing wild around a garbage dump on Niven Road, Singapore. Like most wild weeds in Singapore, the mother plant has since been destroyed.