BIBI CHEW (Malaysia), 2020
Secret Garden (1, 2, & 3)

35cm x 30cm
Indian ink on mixed media papers

BIBI CHEW (Malaysia), 2020
Secret Garden (1, 2, & 3)

35cm x 30cm
Indian ink on mixed media papers

Work Description

There are plants provided hidden sacrifices yet giving long term assistance in the ecosystem and life cycle. In this series of works, I am inspired and aimed to discover the secret, neglected garden and starts caring for it. All ground are covered with leaves but yet what lies beneath under the ground? There were numbers of standard plants which had so spread their branches that they were like little trees, but their thin grey or brown branches and sprays looked like a sort of hazy mantle spreading over everything, walls, and trees, and even brown grass, where they had fallen from their fastenings and run along the ground. It was this hazy tangle from tree to tree which made it all look so mysterious. Mushrooms, which are part of the fungi kingdom, grow out of mycelium. The mushroom is like an apple and the mycelium is like the whole plant structure: the leaves, bark, steams, roots, etc. This system is called mycelium and gathers nutrients and supports the formation of fruiting bodies. Garlic roots grow from all sides of the garlic bulb’s flat plate of the underground stem. The roots are white, hairless and quite strong. A mature garlic plant has around 40-60 roots. Garlic roots appear faster in the lower temperatures and much slower in the higher temperatures. There are experiments confirmed that trees are indeed communicating with each other and sharing nutrients through their roots, forming a complex system sometimes referred to as the “wood wide web.” The Secret Garden is a symbol of motherhood, rejuvenation, and healing.