Kissing Doesn’t Kill, Stranger Naturesonly losers left alive
Kissing Doesn’t Kill, Strange Natures
Mixed media installation of organic material
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Georgette Goh is an artist who works primarily with floral and botanical designs. Kissing Doesn’t Kill, Strange Natures is a site-specific installation that consists of preserved, artificial and foraged specimens, with the latter category of plants sourced locally; species of plants utilized include baby’s breath, bamboo, palm and amaranthus, among others. The practice of foraging, for the artist, represents concerns about sustainability and the role of the natural environment in an increasingly urbanized Singapore, and a means of negotiating the systems of design and control that determine our urban fabric. Here, the botanical specimens - none of which are fresh, or alive - have been aestheticized artificially (e.g. with spray paint), a form of queer, unnatural life-in-death. The theoretical rubric of queer ecology is centered on the interruption of normative modes of biology and sexuality, and, in giving her botanical materials a queer-ed afterlife, Goh gestures at both autobiographical facts, as well as ecological ones. As she puts it: “With many different species presented together, there is diversity in collectivity. Things can be beautiful when they’re together, in the same space, from the same soil.”