Stephanie Rushton


Stephanie Rushton

The Archaea


The Archaea refers to the kingdom of single-celled micro-organisms with the simplest known molecular structure, thought to be the closest living ancestor to the origin of all life on earth. Our evolutionary connection to all of life and the continuing disregard for that relationship is the underlying principle behind the work and the impetus for its creation.

The Archaea’ features a series of constructed photographic and sculptural tableaux of tangled, botanical phantasmagoria, which refer to the landscape with a suggestion of figuration. Inspired by the ‘Jungle paintings’ of Max Ernst and alluding to Ballardian themes of nature’s retribution, the resulting imagery emits a dreamlike quality that succeeds in being both menacing and humorous.


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