Wild plants of Barbados illustrated on plantation ledgers – in pictures

Artist Annalee Davis used to be strolling in fields as soon as used for sugarcane in her Barbados fatherland when she noticed unfamiliar vegetation. “I used to be taught to look them as weeds however now I perceive their price providing biodiversity to exhausted land and their ancient use in bush medication.” Davis began urgent and the usage of specifically blended Victorian paint to attract those vegetation on previous plantation ledger pages. Colonialism burnt up Barbados’s biodiversity within the 17th century by means of changing native plants with the monoculture of intensively farmed fields of sugarcane, however wild vegetation are proliferating once more. The collection is now on display at Haarlem Artspace, Derbyshire, till 11 October as a part of re:rural. “I need to use the vegetation to learn how to concentrate to the land in differently and recognize its trauma,” she says.

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