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This project explores the materiality of organic found-objects through readings and creative practice. It uses a particular species, namely the Sweet Thorn (Acacia Karro), as its main material component. This species was introduced in Malta during the 1400s and has since grown into large, invasive populations which have affected the native flora and local indigenous ecosystems. The Sweet Thorn is an example of an alien species which has colonised part of the endemic territories of local flora.

This artistic process presents a body of abstract reliefs accompanied by a digital sound component. An Unlikely Crown makes implicit reference to the Maltese context by focusing on environmental issues. The artwork reflects the capitalistic mass development and destruction of the local urban built environment, teasing out aesthetic and philosophical content concerning the contemporary milieu. An Unlikely Crown is inspired by aerial views of local cities and overdeveloped areas.

This series of work was showcased at the Mdina Metropolitan Cathedral Museum as part of The APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale 2020, led by Prof. Giuseppe Schembri Bonaci.

Video Credits: The APS Mdina Cathedral Contemporary Art Biennale 2020 & Cyberspace AV

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