Gabrielle Hoad

An oversize black and white photograph surrounded by living plants in an orangery. The print depicts two hands and a branch from an apple tree, joined as if growing from one another.

Interloper | 2014 | 12-page publication and large-scale print on vinyl banner

Based on the common horticultural practice of bud-grafting, Interloper examines the perceived divide between natural and cultural, ecological and technological through images of human/plant conjunctions. "Contamination is functional. All organisms are monsters insofar as they are chimeras, made from pieces of other creatures." Tim Morton The Ecological Thought (2010).

Commissioned by Metron for 'The breaking of tulips' at Oxford Botanic Garden, the publication also appeared at 'Counter 2014', Plymouth Arts Centre with MCMXCII Projects, and as part of 'The Floating Library 2015', Silver Lake, St Anthony, Minnesota.

A new iteration Interloper (Infinite Stories) was presented as a two-screen digital work at UNDER / OVER, Redruth in 2023.

Photo: Kevin Burrell