photos: corey rankin (left)

In fear not (2018), Ferracin reflects about the relationship between weeds and people. The term weed can trigger psychological responses such as fear, and associations like ‘disorder’, ‘uncontrolled’ and ‘impurity’. Driven by this, Ferracin eradicated, oxidised, pressed and froze various species of urban weeds found in the backyard of Culture at Work and the surrounding Pyrmont Park, and transformed them into precious collectable memorabilia. In fear not, Ferracin questions what is a plant or a weed by leaving the visitor in between emotional states and playing with dualistic concepts of repulsion and attraction.
The objects of encaustic resin in fear not show myriads of bubbles trapped inside various square, rectangular and dome shapes, as if the organic matter is realising its last breath of life. In reality, this natural phenomenon is due to a chemical process that occurs when hot and cold temperatures meet during the settling stages of encaustic resin, causing the organic bacteria to release air.