This commission made for Garden of Six Seasons at Para Site (Hong Kong), Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa sculpts an indoor garden with freshly sourced plants from Thailand, the United States, Hong Kong, and other places. Collecting chimeral variegated plants has become a trend in many rich urban communities around the world. However, due to the unstable and unpredictable nature of the variations of these plants (turning all white leads to death and turning all green leads to worthlessness), cultivation is slow and small in scale. Owning them has become a luxury.
As the highly prized chimeral variegation is in fact a disease, the artist reflects on the analogies to human ideals of physical beauty, our relationship to sickness, skin colour, and race, alongside broader interests in the artificiality of nature, migration of plants, and the multifaceted colonial experience defining our relationship with both nature and our bodies.
Borrowing from the languages of folklore, science fiction, and theatre, Guatemalan artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa reframes and explores the entanglements of historical events, protagonists, and form, often through a lens of displacement.
(Photographs by: Kitmin Lee)