Tracey Bush’s work has often dealt with the impact that man makes on the environment and she began nine wild plants after reading ecological thinkers, who note that the average Western adult can recognise over 1000 brand names or logos, but fewer than ten local, indigenous plants. posing the question ‘which nine wild plants could you confidently identify?’ Bush began emailing a range of people and collecting their responses.
These collages and drawing interweave a theme of lost knowledge with the rigour of scientific specimens. Bush referred to the herbarium handbook as well as to her own observed drawings to make templates for hand-drawn plant silhouettes; she then collaged fragments of found materials illustrating sweet packet, cigarette and fizzy drink logos etc. the combination of austere black line drawing with the attention-grabbing colours and type styles of brand names and packaging is compelling.