Erica Seccombe Alien craft IV, from the series, Out of this World, 2012, digital image, Credit: seed collection  of Dr Wolfgang Stuppy, Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Wakehurst Place, Sussex, UK. 

Erica Seccombe Alien craft I, from the series, Out of this World, 2012, digital image, Credit: seed collection  of Dr Wolfgang Stuppy, Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Wakehurst Place, Sussex, UK

2012 Millennium Seed Bank UK

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Wakehurst Place West Sussex 1-12 May 2012

In 2012 I had the amazing opportunity to stay as a resident researcher at the Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Wakehurst Place, Sussex. During this time I furthered my PhD investigation but I also had the chance to make new work, part of which was exhibited in Crossing the Rubicon. My essay about part this experience can be visited here.

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This digital series Out of this World has derived from my experience of viewing seeds from a unique collection belonging Dr Wolfgang Stuppy, the worlds leading seed morphologist. I have manipulated the microscope’s lighting and glass slides to create a greater depth of field so that the seeds look as if they are traveling in space or swimming in liquid. Understanding the microscopic form and structure of seeds unlocks each evolutionary story and how they travel and propagate. These seeds are of this world but up close they seem to contain an alien life-force. This work plays on a continuing theme in my work that explores the ideas of microscopy; lenses allow us to see microscopic organisms previously invisible to the naked eye, the infinitesimal can appear to us like monsters.