Everything is but mere clusters of atoms explains Atomist theory, matter is never created or destroyed, it simply exists.
The clandestine life of a plant, a victim of the mechanics of nature, so often goes unnoticed by onlookers as they go about their busy lives. It appears insignificant, common and sinks into the broader landscape. When we scrutinise its reality however, the intrinsic cycle in which it is confined illustrates the ubiquitous process of growth and decay; it symbolises the very mechanics of nature.
Sustained within its own greenhouse world the plant is separate from the finite reality beyond its glass walls, but nonetheless inescapably linked with time, locked in its own subjective perception of it. Macroscopically, the plant's subjective reality, like our own within the vast universe, appears insignificant, but microscopically, subjectively, this perpetual existence is much more than mere atoms. Time appears to mean something different within this sphere. Time signifies redistribution, a constant cycle of life and death; within this sphere time is infinite.
The clinical, microscopic aesthetic of the work creates an illusionary image. In one sense the piece is microscopic, it centres on an inconspicuous everyday entity, but when presented in a circular pattern, the repetition of this entity creates an illusion of replication and expansion. How far beyond what we can see does this reality exist?
Like photography, the plant is dependent upon light; the presence of light defines its existence. The animation materialises light, injecting the photographic images and their subject matter with life and energy. Perhaps the photograph is never truly 'alive', but there is surely something in a picture which makes it seem alive?
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