The Question of Plant Consciousness in Contemporary Art | esse arts + opinions

The Question of Plant Consciousness in Contemporary Art

99 - Printemps / été

In this article, the author considers the use of plants in art in light of current scientific research whose findings suggest the existence of consciousness in plants. A growing trend in the use of plants by feminist-oriented artists as vehicles for expressing, exploring, and/or confronting emotional, political, and social turmoil has marked a paradigm shift in the way that art is informed by and through the natural world. The author asks whether an acknowledgment of plant consciousness necessitates an ethical revaluation of the human-plant relationship, and, whether this might detract from the effectiveness of plants as artistic mediums and/or subjects in redefining our relationship with the natural world, and with plants themselves.


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