A hermetic seal is one that so tightly surrounds an object or space, it blocks the passage of all air. It can act as a prevention and isolate the object from any and all outside interference or influence. This definition forms the basis of the work.
Coating branches, trees and other plant life inside a thick, glossy varnish forms the hermetic seal. Thereby preserving the energy and state of life inside, whilst furthermore disconnecting it from the natural cycle of energy.
Previously shown works have been a materials based study into removing all naturalness, colour, and life. Leaving behind only a fragile shell, which will eventually crack and break, and turn to dust. It will not decay as it should, and not provide the energy for new life.
Original influences for the work came from philosopher Gaston Bachelard’s Poetics of Space, as well as texts on Zen Buddhist theories of emptiness and nothingness.