Dominic Harris Bloomed: Agapanthus
Bloomed is Harris’s study of plants, with which onlookers may subtly interact. Playing on the nature of classical still life, small movements enliven the flowers, causing them to flourish as observers pass by. Meticulously recreated through computer animations, each flower encapsulates the romanticised surrealness synonymous with Harris’s works.
The agapanthus, also known as the "Lily of the Nile" of "African Lily", blooms in round clusters of blue, white, or indigo flowers. Their blossoms are funnel shaped with elegant lilac pollen colouring the anthers. In traditional medicine, the agapanthus is believed to possess both medicinal and magical powers.It is the plant of fertility and pregnancy and is used in various prenatal medicines in addition to being worn by women as a charm to bring strong, healthy babies.In the 'Language of Flowers', the agapanthus means "love letter", and the many flowers that make up the umbel softly open and close like a lover's note, revealing the delicate blue stamens and petals. Its animations are soft and synchronised to best show the fine detail of the many stemmed flower.