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Man a plant

Caroline's work look like organic life forms and explore the common structures that unite human anatomy and the plant world. The idea is to re-situate humans in nature through biomorphism or geomorphism. The deltas of rivers or the branches of trees have a similar design to the vascular system. “Man a plant” replaces “man a machine” as the dominant metaphor. French eighteenth century philosopher, de la Mettrie, in his essay L’Homme Plante (less well known than his other essay L’Homme Machine) describes in a very poetic way the similarity between humans and plants and is a source of inspiration for Caroline's current work.

"There is in our species, as in plants, a main root and capillary roots. The lumbar reservoir and the thoracic canal form the former and the veins the latter. The same uses and the same functions are found in both. These roots carry food through the whole extent of the organized body."

Julien Offray de La Mettrie, Oeuvres Philosophiques, 1751.

heart and lungs
heart and lungs
1x1 metre
Heart
Heart
100x 140 cm
Lungs
Lungs
1x1 metre
Vascular system
Vascular system
70x250 cm
Fallopian tube, warercolor
Fallopian tube, warercolor
25x45 cm
Fallopian tube, watercolor
Fallopian tube, watercolor
25x45 cm
Fallopian tubes
Fallopian tubes
25x50 cm x2

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