Holding Fragments / Naomi Draper



The central element of Naomi Draper's installation Holding Fragments is composed of thousands of pressed Daucus Carota flowers, known commonly as Queen Anne's Lace. These plants were gathered from sites around the city of Pittsburgh over the last two months and are woven together to form an interlaced structure of fabric.

Draper's practice investigates processes of collecting, preserving, and archiving. Working through slow repetitive and meticulous methods of construction she attempts to stretch and consolidate the associative potential of natural particles and fragments harvested from our landscape.

The work references a diverse range of research sources that are centered around botany and botantical activity throughout history. Exploring the relationship between human and plant species, Draper is drawn to the scale, energy, intention, and ambition of eighteenth and nineteenth-century botantical endeavors and developments, when the natural landscape was viewed as a place of wonder and discovery. 

While landscape is defined as "all the visible features of an area", Draper is interested in the notion of landscape as a surface, a covering or veneer. Her artwork considers what it might be concealing and what it might hold. How a closer engagement with these natural materials might lead us to an interior space, slowly revealing the potential and possibility of this space, as a place to shelter the precious and yeild that which is valuable; a bank, an archive, a sanctuary.
About the Artist
Naomi Draper explores the fragility of our built and natural environment, investigating what defines space and how it is lived and activated by humans and non-humans. Combining a range of mediums and processes, she examines the structures and boundaries, limitations and new potentials of public and private environments. Gathering materials within a specific setting, the natural particles she finds and collects inform process' of drawing and construction techniques.

Draper graduated from NCAD with a Bachelor of Design specializing in glass and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Arts Education at NCAD. Draper has participated in a number of residency programs, including the LOCIS Residency at Residence Botkyrka, Sweden; The Model, Sligo; and The Harrington Studios, Boyle, Co Roscommon. 
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