Materials: Pencil, pigment ink, watercolour on Fabriano paper, certificate of moral ownership Perpetual Amazonia
Dimensions: Each, 32 x 32 cm framed
Exhibition history: 2016 City Art Gallery and Museum Peterborough, UK; 2014 Parc de la Villette Paris, France
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta
Seed Bank is a growing collection of watercolour drawings depicting seeds, pollen and tubers, which Lucy + Jorge Orta have been meticulously enlarged to draw attention to their intricate beauty and diversity. In Seed Bank, and across the body of work Amazonia the artists draw attention to the act of preserving varieties that may be threatened with extinction, and they have partaken in scientific expeditions to the Amazon rainforest, to work along scientists and to observe first-hand the diversity and fragility of this threatened environment. The drawings bear witness to the artsits' engagement and attempt to create an emotional connection to the Amazon, and to all biospheres on which the human species depends, prompting viewers to reflect on their relationship with nature and its intrinsic value to our wellbeing.