18th January to 22nd March
Canadian printmaker Alexandra Haeseker‘s exhibition The Botanist’s Daughter, at Edinburgh Printmakers, is her first solo exhibition in the UK. Comprising giant colourful hyper-real prints plants and insects, the work derives inspiration from the richness and beauty of the hand-drawn engravings found in museum and library collections, but has an urgent purpose in highlighting the threat to the natural world around us.
By wildly exaggerating the scale, and employing near-lurid saturated colour, Haeseker pushes the natural world into the realm of the unnatural, in order to bring attention to the fragility of the natural world, at the mercy of myriad potentially-harmful human influences. The imagery we see in natural history museums of the stilled life of extinct species, many of them minuscule, thus becomes a sobering and highly-visible warning.
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Image: Alexandra Haeseker, The Botanist’s Daughter