Moss graffiti experts Sprout Guerilla teamed up with artist Jennifer Ilett to experiment with a new kind of digital bio art piece. Curated by Vandana Taxali, “hello/Goodbye” is a unique moss diptych that reflects the push and pull of modern technology and purifies ambient air at the same time.
Appearing as part of the Artist Project Toronto 2014 art fair, Ilett was asked to transform her signature illustrative style to a work of greenery. Sprout Guerilla, already known for their innovative Mossaic Tyles and Moss Graffiti Kits, utilized her artistic vision to take their DIY moss aesthetics to a new level. The kits that Ilett used contain hypnum sheet moss, which thrives in the shade and indoor environments- like an art fair. The dried and shredded moss is mixed with nutrients, making it easily spreadable and an ideal medium for the artists.
Illet’s “Hello/Goodbye” is an extension of her illustrative work, except she uses an organic medium instead of traditional pencil and paint. The lush moss in the piece is both art and a living wall. Easily maintained indoors with little sunlight other than through nearby windows, the piece can double as a natural air filter that purifies the ambient air in a home, office or art gallery.
The whimsical moss masterpiece pokes fun at the dominance of technology over nature, offering viewers the option of unplugging and enjoying what nature has to offer.