OASIS with Alice Pallot

The OASIS photographic series was born from a conversation with Photographer Alice Pallot about the often ambiguous culture of cut flowers.

The photographs take a truthful look at the beauty and brutality of the waste that the floral industry generates.

In the series, floral foam (which is widely used, but toxic material) decays and blends with water plants over a long timeframe. A LED grow-light catches an infinity of plastic particles meandering freely in the water. Small pieces of duckweed stick graciously to a foam block. It is both visually appealing and quietly uncanny.

In times where we need to reconsider our techniques and make choices about how we want to engage with the biosphere (in this case plants, water, and their cycles), we thought of the OASIS series as a set of immersive images filled with details that would bring about a new awareness to the implications of floral form and perhaps inspire people to choose differently going forward.

Published in Spectre - Cosa Mentale
In exhibition Still Life? - PhotoBrusselsFestival

OASIS with Alice Pallot

The OASIS photographic series was born from a conversation with Photographer Alice Pallot about the often ambiguous culture of cut flowers.

The photographs take a truthful look at the beauty and brutality of the waste that the floral industry generates.

In the series, floral foam (which is widely used, but toxic material) decays and blends with water plants over a long timeframe. A LED grow-light catches an infinity of plastic particles meandering freely in the water. Small pieces of duckweed stick graciously to a foam block. It is both visually appealing and quietly uncanny.

In times where we need to reconsider our techniques and make choices about how we want to engage with the biosphere (in this case plants, water, and their cycles), we thought of the OASIS series as a set of immersive images filled with details that would bring about a new awareness to the implications of floral form and perhaps inspire people to choose differently going forward.

Published in Spectre - Cosa Mentale
In exhibition Still Life? - PhotoBrusselsFestival

‘OASIS’ is the name of the star product of a global American company, Smithers-Oasis, that specializes in manufacturing green blocks of plastic-based foam that, as the name indicates, keeps fresh flower arrangements moist, and holds them in place. OASIS foam is indeed an extremely handy solution for floral design. It facilitates creativity and efficiency. It is also highly toxic and non-biodegradable. The foam quickly decays into a fine powder, the source of a lasting, diffuse and aggressive pollution.