The Timid Wilderness
An expanse of bioluminescent, sound-sensitive flowers emerges from the ultraviolet radiance of The Timid Wilderness. If one makes too much noise, the flowers hide away, closing their electronic petals and waiting for silence before blooming again. In the shade of the black light where the artificial flowers grow, we discover a form of communication invisible to the naked eye, which makes the flowers react to our presence. This connection with the emotive garden makes us question our relationship with our environment, which is experienced as an area of symbiotic interactions between two species that alter one another.
Miranda Moss lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work combines accessible technologies and everyday objects with elusory natural processes, in what could be termed“techno-alchemy. She explores environmental issues and the often-distant way in which we represent nature. Just as a landscape may be viewed as nature paired with a human perspective, Moss’ works aim to reveal the long-term effects that we have on the environment through ephemeral elements, small quirks and curious interactions.