Framing: Archival Print on Diasec Tru Life. Paper: Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag.
The common name of Tapioca actually refers to the starch extracted from Cassava root (Manihot esculenta) native to the northeast region of Brazil, but carried by Portuguese and Spanish explorers to most of the West Indies and Africa and Asia.
In this work, I have chosen the red tapioca branches to represent the fire, the spark, the passion. Fire is wild and untamed, sometimes connecting, sometimes not. Always in pursuit of something explosive or expansive.
The space between the branches represents stillness, a kind of meditative and open state that is often overlooked by the business of the fire.
The specimens used for this work are from a small community garden in Tangkahen village, North Sumatra, Indonesia with the help of Ika, the local guide.