An invasive focal point that thrives in moist soil in a sheltered and sunny area. Running with underground stems to spread rapidly and rampantly. Evergreen perennial flowering plants with hollow stems and vascular bundles. Feeding off the environment, spreading its own seed, ready for those in the environment to feed off of it. Soft bamboo shoots, stems and leaves are the major food source of the giant panda of China, the red panda of Nepal, and the bamboo lemurs of Madagascar. Growing, chopping and manipulating into the useful forms that we use today.

Carl Gent

Artist, musician and writer, combining sculpture with durational performance. The messages that he portrays are those that need re-enacting for them to stand a chance against dominant histories. Ruins recyclable materials by mixing them with toxic items. Encourages a more ecological response to the material world within anyone who experiences the things they might make or write.

Yona Friedman

Concept and mobile architecture was the basis of Friedman’s work. The infrastructures are neither determined nor determining giving a mobility to both inhabitants and buildings. Spatial city touches the ground over a minimum area, is capable of being dismantled and moved, and can be alterable as required by the individual occupant. Freedom in space. Allowing nature to grow, much like the Walter Segal self build technique.

Building with Bamboo

Bamboo and natural materials are often used in developing countries to alleviate housing, infrastructure problems and lowering pollution. Only certain species suitable for building with. Growing in abundance, controlling water cycles, reducing erosion. Steel substitute, holding weight and bending to conform to structures with loading slats under torsion and bending. Effective experimental investigation of bamboo and concrete, questioning marital agreement with other materials. Tied and twisted together to create intricate and solid structures.

Sterling Ruby

In an oeuvre spanning sculpture, ceramics, painting, drawing, collage, video, and garments, Ruby continually returns to themes of societal and art historical friction, generating feelings of anxiety and agitation by contrasting clean lines and recognizable objects with coarse and uncanny forms.

Gagosian, 2019

Through the use of contrasting mediums, techniques, and textures, Ruby explores the tensions between fluidity and stasis, Expression and Minimalism as well as, the abject and the pristine. Acts of defacement can produce a painterly sublime, as seen in his textured works. The contrast of colour is empowered further by the materials used within the sculptural and painting works. A dribble or scrape across the clear surface could completely alter the serenity and stillness of the work.

Alicja Kwade

Kwade uses large scale sculpture to reflect on time, perception, and scientific inquiry. Powder-coated steel and polished stones create a questionable universe filled with angles, weightlessness and questions. The large scale sculptures seem to have no way of balancing, yet they hold still on rooftops and in galleries, and battle the elements. Within the steel sculptures, there is the possibility of movement through the fanned out spacing, creating a new scientific element.

Part of these works is a careful composition, for the stone is large enough that it is not lost in the steel, and the steel is strong enough to hold the large balls of stone. The other part of the works is the balance between the the materials, ensuring that they are stable in their position, as well as in their individual element.

Time seems to stop still when viewing these artworks, for they themselves are a moment of it. Perception of the world, the universe and science changes for you appear to view another side of it. Science it all at the heart of it.


Size: NA
Date: December 2019
Medium: Bamboo, plaster, jesmonite, twine, electrical tape, nails

Balancing, Holding, Relating. A focus on materiality and construction with the every day. Gravity, tension and a harmony amongst opposition is taken into account through the interaction with the environment.

Percolate is there to make you think differently about the building; perhaps in the way you physically interact with it, showcasing the smaller forgotten elements and details hidden in each of the rooms of the unique building, or what the building is and how we view it.

Through the use of sculpture, natural and modern building materials, Abraham is able to consider her own application of simplicity and tension.

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