As part of the series of flora commissions in partnership with Oriel Davies, A New Niche for Nature focuses on the River Towy and in particular the point at which land and water meet – where rare and endangered plant species and invasive plants compete for survival. Anne-Mie Melis highlights the precariousness of this balance alongside wider ecological questions, she imagines a new environment or ‘niche’ in which plants might grow.
Anne Mie Melis is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses conventional media, and digital technology to create drawings, sculptural work, intervention and moving images. For this project Anne-Mie has become enthralled by the quality of the local ‘riparian zone’ (this is the interface between land and river or stream, where plant habitats grow along river margins or river banks). Her engagement reminds us that all life is related and is a delicate balance that ebbs and flows.
‘I feel the best way to express myself is through my visual language. I attempt to show an altered reality, aiming to address the responsibility we have towards maintaining this balance between all things on earth and our looming future – which I try to deal with in a lighthearted way!’
A New Niche for Nature is the fourth commission for flora, in collaboration with Oriel Myrddin. flora is a National Touring Exhibition curated by Oriel Davies and supported by Arts Council of Wales.