22/06/2022 - 03/07/2022

New Work - Photography

Black Box Projects present Adriene Hughes - The Secret Life of Trees

The multi-media artist's practice focuses on grand landscapes and the effects of climate change on the environment through the use of infrared technology, photography, and the inclusion of textile and embroidery.

Hughes' intricately embroidered interventions envision what the biochemical and electrical signals between trees and plant-life could look like if they were visible to the human eye.

The Secret Life of Trees began as a series of photographs in 2017 taken during a forest fire in Washington State with the use of an infrared camera. The colours are an anomaly: they are the product of infrared light bending through smoke, combined with a chemical reaction in the leaves that registered a forest in the throes of distress. Through a phenomenon known as the mycorrhizal network, the communities of trees and plants communicate through a complex fungal system. The intervention of embroidery envisions what these biochemical and electrical signals would look like if they were able to be seen.


South Kensington 4 Cromwell Place, South Kensington, SW7 2JE