Wolfgang Laib pollen artworks
Updated: Oct 10, 2020
It has been an interesting start to the academic year to say the least, with a global pandemic running rampage and closing the doors to studio indefinitely. With the precious little paints and materials I have that aren't locked inside a studio I decided that my time would be best put to use researching, collecting ideas and doing small test works. Picking up from where I left off at the end of last year, I decided to look at artists who work with ideas of ecology, connectivity, and liminality. I find that looking at relevant artists/artworks and creating works in response is a really good way to get the creative juices flowing, especially coming out of a long period of not really making much.
Suggested by a lecturer, I am interested in Laib's pollen artworks because of their deep, embedded connection to nature and ecology. Laib sees pollen as a living entity, the potential beginning of the life of a plant, and by using it to create his works he is folding life into his art.
Jeffery, Celina. 2013. “‘To See the World in a Grain of Sand’: Wolfgang Laib and the Aesthetics of Interpenetrability.” Religion & the Arts 17 (1/2): 57–73. doi:10.1163/15685292-12341254