Cryptic Landscape by Sarah Rhys

Cryptic Landscape refers to the miniature and mysterious botanical worlds of lichen and moss.

These organisms are also cryptogams* which mean their reproduction is often unseen, Linnaeus described this category as ‘hidden marriage’.

Sarah, has been observing and collecting lichen and moss specimens from the surrounding Tywi valley area and working with them creating artworks; including small porcelain slip casts and handmade film in tandem to continuing research with the collections and conservation methods at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

The work will be on display in the Apothecary from Nov 12th to 31st January 2022


*The Swedish botanist Linnaeus  (1707-78) coined the term cryptogam

(from the ancient Greek kryptos, “hidden” + gamos “to marry”)

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