Imaginary gardens full of real toads in them
3D collage /photograhy


“Imaginary gardens with real toads in them” is a 3D/photography series based on Marianne Moore's poems and her stance on the relationship between human (the reader) and non-human (the subject/poem) . Fleeing encounters, incompletely grasped situations or deceptive titles - like in “The Octopus”, in their poetry there is a sense of keeping things alive by a refusal of dominance. They does not want to master the animals they writes about and they does not want the reader to know them fully - because total knowledge also involves mastery. 

Moore lived most of their life in Brooklyn with their mother and apart from a couple of visits to the Zoo, the animals they writes about/for/with were never encountered in the flesh but mostly in magazines or books. An anti-practice of the “cabinet of curiosities” that their contemporaries may have exercised.  A conceptual distancing, voluntary or not, that influences both the writer and the viewer/reader, that creates ground for new relationships with animals.