For several years, Toronto artist Sara Angelucci has undertaken a close study of nature in an area surrounded by Crown Land in rural Ontario. Cloaked by the darkness of night, she ventures into the outdoors with a scanner to capture detailed ecologies of native plants entwined with cultivated and invasive species. Her luminous compositions of natural forms set against a black backdrop speak to the complicated histories inscribed in this evolving landscape.
Botanica Colossi includes a number of works from Angelucci’s recent Nocturnal Botanical Ontario series, which were created between the spring and fall of 2020. It brings into focus snippets of time, of the hidden, verdant and biodiverse world that exists below, at ground level. These are transient moments rarely seen by the human eye.
The examination of this wonderous world came from a need to contend with deep personal loss and grief. In search of solace and contemplative abandonment, Angelucci found a new and vibrant bionetwork replete with diverse species of insects and plants. In the wake of death, small organic forms emerge that remind us of the fragility yet persistence of life.