Tia Bennett and Constance Osuchowski
November 13-December 4, 2021
A herbarium is an annotated collection of dried plants. Our herbarium takes the shape of a suspended figure, exploring the complex relationships women have with their bodies. Inspired by women in art, science and traditional medicine who have had a strong connection with flora —and considering the way in which plants are collected, preserved and classified— we confront how women try to define themselves by a similar kind of strict taxonomy. Like pressing a fragile flower, preserving oneself for viewing may retain beauty, but it makes new growth impossible.
Tia Bennett is an Edmonton-based designer and Constance Osuchowski is a Toronto-based artist. They created this project in their final year together at X University in Toronto, ON, as part of the Integrated Digital media stream.