In the mid 1990s, Godman made the connection that the process of taking photographs with film and growing plants was analogous - both use light and water - plants are in fact an abstract form of photography. In 1996 he began by growing simple images into the leaves of Bromeliad plants which in turn led to sophisticated interactive installations. Working with plants traces the development of this work. Working with Plants traces his use of plants in his art.
Lloyd Godman has an MFA from RMIT University Melbourne (1999) and has had over 45 solo exhibitions and been included in more than 250 group exhibitions. He established and was head of the photo section at the School of Art Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand for 20 years before moving to Melbourne in 2005. This series of books traces the evolution of the artist’s practice from traditional photographic techniques through to his innovative suspended rotating living air plant sculptures. Through parallel practices as artist and organic gardener, and making a connection between photosynthesis and the role of light in photographic practice, Lloyd Godman presents living plants as ‘super-sustainable’ sculptures. There is a strong environmental thread that binds his diverse oeuvre then opens a portal to conceive the planet as a 'giant living abstract photograph' with a consequential shift from environmental art as comment to environmental activism.
ADZE to coda Published November 22, 2014
Last Rivers Song Published November 20, 2014
Mythology of Place Published November 15, 2014
When Light Turns to Dust Published September 09, 2014