Movement Compositions is series of cyanotypes (sun prints) and animations based on a collection of invisible movements made by plants and referencing constellation maps.
Before the availability of technologies such as time lapse photography and film, the movements of plants—while suspected—was imperceptible to the human eye. Charles Darwin (assisted by his son Francis) developed an apparatus by which he could trace movements in plants over time (often a day or more) in order to both prove that plants move and also to describe their patterns. In 1880 the project was published as a book titled 'The Power of Movement in Plants'. The tracings that make up the nearly 200 figures in the book are simplified, directional lines stripped of anything recognizable as ‘plant’, illustrating only the patterns made by each unique specimen. Here these figures are re-animated and rearranged, suggesting various movement compositions; a silent dance in plant-time, made visible.