BUCOLICA (bucolica californica)
Turf, Herbal Remedies and Related Objects
Bucolica is a multidisciplinary art project that consists of a site - specific installation, a cabinet containing medicinal remedies and a vitrine displaying personal related objects.
Inspired by the Bucolic* genre, this work reflects the artist’s journey to rediscover the values of Romanticism and the notion that the landscape embodies a certain state of emotive consciousness, meant to inspire awe and reflection.
Using mass-produced repurposed artificial grass, the hand cut pieces of the installation feature the Monterey Cypress, a traditional, romanticized and exaggerated example of the local landscape. Leaves and needles of this tree have been used by the artist to make herbal remedies. By engaging in wildcrafting, the artist acknowledges the necessity of respect and reciprocity between humans and the natural world.
Bucolica calls the attention to the compromised relationship we currently have with the landscape and questions the uses of synthetic grass as a substitute for real and sustainable local grasses, highlighting the powerful capacity of art making to transform discarded banal waste into a playful eco-friendly creation.
*Bucolic: A pastoral lifestyle that lends its name to a genre of literature, art, and music that depicts such life in an idealized and romantic manner, typically for urban audiences.