Gemma Costin, Wanderlust; Version 3.0, Metal, plastic, paint, hessian, soil, wood, plants

 

Gemma Costin describes herself as “a renegade botanist”. Informed by biophilic concerns and passions, her recent work Wanderlust is a travelling seedpod-cum-caravan that used to be the artist’s home. The piece has been awarded a permanent location at the Sidney Nolan Trust in Herefordshire where Gemma will be studying the creatures and the diversity of wildflowers that will take hold and set seed in in and around the caravan over the next few years.

 

Wanderlust; Version 3.0 has been created especially for Coventry Biennial. Gemma’s new living sculptures located at The Row, a former NHS rehabilitation clinic, incorporate plants with herbal, folkloric and medicinal properties that respond to the site. Window boxes made from recycled materials and a new travelling seedpod trolley will make a home for themselves in Coventry during the course of the exhibition.

 

Gemma is a recent graduate from Hereford College of Arts and her work can be found in the Learning Space at The Row.

 

Gemma will take over an exciting, practical, hands-on free family art workshop on Saturday 9 November, 11am – 2pm at The Row. Inspired by Gemma’s artwork and passions you will become mini urban activists, using a variety of materials and techniques to create your own seed bombs which will be planted across the city. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Drop-in session, suitable for ages 5+. More information here.

 

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