The book “Matter in Motion and the Mysticism of Nature Color” botanical dye in contemporary art including essäs about ecofeminism, ecopoetry, ecophilosophy, and the philosophical discussion about biosemiotics – communication with nonhuman – plants, soil, and bacteria.
In the book “Matter in Motion and the Mysticism of Nature´s Colour- the Art of Jeanette Schäring” we are presented with a unique body of work, combining traditional knowledge of dyeing with plants, environmentalism, and contemporary artistic research. By foregrounding the processual character of nature’s colors rather than focusing on the practical uses of pigments and fibers, Schäring opens her work to a contemporary discussion involving new-materialist thinking, theories of thinking, language, and interspecies communication as well as ethical reflections on gender, human rights and just sharing of the world’s resources. In Schäring’s art, the colors produced through the complex interaction of plants, water, and bacterial fermentation become a language indicating both water quality, bacterial activity, and how the plant has been growing, thereby translating a kind of Earthly fundamental language to our human perception.
Jeanette Schärings’s book is the first book in the series to acknowledge the multi-layered importance of relating to plants, and as such raise philosophical questions even about the nature of light and distribution of clean water
The book is the second issue of the 284 Publishers