About the Artwork

Botanic was on display for the months of November 2019, January and March 2020. Please note this artwork is no longer available.

Botanic is inspired by the garden plans for the Stanford Wildflower Seeding Project and the garden at the Stanford Hospital. A botanical garden is a collection of plants labeled with their botanical names typically housed in an educational context. The flowers are animated with a cubic framework which utilizes the outer edges of the video wall. The flowers are blown by an unseen force causing them to collide with each other and the frame. They break apart into a diaspore of seeds, twigs, leaves and petals. The piece loops forwards and backwards breaking apart and coming back together.

Year: 2019

Jennifer Steinkamp, ‘Botanic’, Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, Seoul and London. Photo: © Nick Turpin


Video Installation

Artist Biography

Jennifer Steinkamp

Jennifer Steinkamp (b. 1958, Denver, CO; lives and works in Los Angeles) uses 3-D computer animation and new media to create video installations that activate architectural space and alter phenomenological perception. She designs and digitally simulates movement of organic and abstract forms such as trees, flowers, and floating fabrics. Her works are displayed as site-specific projections that amplify their architectural setting by blurring the boundary between real and illusionistic space. These animated environments, while visually alluring, often carry subtle ominous references such as Daisy Bell, which features an array of beautiful yet poisonous flowers. Time plays a significant role in Steinkamp’s work, often depicting cyclical occurrences such as changing seasons and life cycles. These cycles do not typically have a beginning, middle, or end, but rather worki with non-narrative concepts of change. In this sense, her work is more aligned with artists who prioritized sensorial experience, like James Turrell, Mary Corse, and other members of the Light and Space movement of the 1960s, than with film or other such time/media-based art.