Desert Bloom

Shown at ARCO Madrid 2024 with Zina Gallery accompanied by Lorena Cocioni and Codruța Cernea. 

A series of textile landscapes of embroidered curious plants on fabric deserts, spanning soft dunes and stretching over pleated ridges.
Focusing on desert flora that lives and must adapt to the harshest conditions on earth, observing their survival mechanisms and wondering which will be the last to survive the climate crisis after human and non-human animals are long gone.

Stapelia gigantea emanates an unpleasant, corpse-like smell that attracts flies, which pollinate the flowers and ensures the survival of the plant.

Welwitschia mirabilis is referred to as a living fossil, with specimens thought to have been living for 2000 years. It grows very slowly, collecting water only from the morning fogs in the Namib Desert that condense on its large leaves and trickle down to the roots.

Lithops hermetica are small succulents also called living stones because they camouflage themselves among pebbles, making it difficult for animals to find and eat them.