Certificate of Authenticity, signed by artist
Four Canson inﬁnity platine ﬁbre rag prints, diasec mounted
252 x 60 cm
Photographed in 2019
Edition 1 of 11 + Artist Proof
A Danish-born, New Zealand-based botanical artist, Mamakan works with large-scale photography, public installations and interactive experiences involving touch, taste and scent.
New Zealand/Aotearoa was the last major landmass to be discovered by humans. The native ﬂora is unique as it evolved in isolation for millions of years and eighty percent of the trees, ferns and ﬂowering plants are endemic, found only in New Zealand.
KoheKohe is the Maori name for the beautiful native tree, Dysoxylum spectabile. The Kohekohe ﬂowers are rarely seen as the tree doesn’t ﬂower every year. When it does blossom, its small white ﬂowers allude to the most exquisite fragrances imaginable. In this work, the ﬂowers seem to spell the word ‘love’, hence the title. The ﬂower specimens, once collected, were immersed in water, under natural light, referencing life between the sea and the sky.
Mamakan is a botanical artist working with art, cuisine and nature. She is originally from Aarhus, Denmark of nordic Vølve-Viking decent and has deep Scandinavian roots.
Mamakan's art practice could best be described as 'GastroGeography' - the taste of a place. Her sensory artworks and collaborative projects amplify nature and aim to create a sense of belonging and wellbeing.