Artist Léonie Hampton commissioned to create new work in response to seeds in RAMM’s collection
16 July 2020
We are delighted to announce the Seeds commission A Language of Seeds by Devon-based artist and photographer, Léonie Hampton of Still/Moving.
Hampton’s commission will explore RAMM’s collection of seeds and herbarium sheets in dialogue with her own photographs of seed experiments, the garden and family. Creating a ‘story about love, growth, family and the archaic wisdom of plants’ the new artwork will place Hampton’s photographs of living and growing plants alongside that of the collected, dried seeds in the museum.
Léonie Hampton said, ‘I feel very lucky to have been given this opportunity by RAMM to work closely with their extraordinary collection of seeds. The seeds are little pods of wisdom and magic that inspire awe. I intend to challenge our tech-based growth-obsessed society through the lens of taking care of a garden and its nourishing forms of growth. The archaic wisdom that emanates from seeds can root us to our present from our past and is a means to discover an urgent, sustainable, reciprocal approach to life in earth.’
Lara Goodband, contemporary art curator at RAMM said, ‘Léonie’s striking and thoughtful photographic practice is the ideal media in which to explore our varied collections of seeds and herbariums in a new way. I felt an immediate emotional pull when I saw her proposal for the first time. I am certain that the relationships she sets up between her own family, growing food and these interdependencies will resonate for visitors.’
Léonie Hampton’s proposal was selected by the panel Susan Derges, artist and photographer; Julien Parsons, Head of Collections at RAMM and Lara Goodband.
A Language of Seeds by Léonie Hampton will be shown in the museum and will accompany the touring exhibition Seedscapes from 6 February to 2 May 2021.
This commission is funded by Arts Council England.