Garden 10: Photographs on Textiles
Garden 10 series is a site-specific art installation with interactions. The components are photographs on textiles and aluminum, a video and live movements placed in a Santa Monica garden.
Instar is the original concept art video directed by Kasmer which highlights native plant life and natural cycles. It is realized with poetic movements performed by Michelle Lai, cinematography by Alicia Robbins and sound composition by Jennifer Ricciardi. Instar, was filmed entirely within the environs of the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley, CA.
The Garden 10 video was part of the LA Artists Respond to California Native Plant Gardens exhibition and The Theodore Payne Foundation Native Plant Garden Tour, April 2014.
Lauren Kasmer’s photographs, as abstractions printed on textiles, are throughout the art installation. Imagery begins as documentary shots and are then creatively altered and digitally printed on fabric. The original source is the plants of garden #10 (e.g. white sage, yarrow and fairy duster) as well as assorted flora within the environs of The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants. The images are fashioned into wearables and adorn the captured performance of Michelle Lai and also become part of live elements when dressed students and friends interact by subtly and casually positioning themselves within the host garden.