Bloom is a display of artworks by Edward Chell, a series of detailed painted plant silhouettes inspired by plants, and images of plants, in the Horniman's Gardens and historic collection.
Painted onto individual gesso panels, and accompanied by other related objects he has made, Edward's images will be shown alongside some of the artefacts that inspired them.
The 40 panels respond to a set of the Horniman's rare books by 19th-century British naturalist and early photographer Anna Atkins, looking at these in relation to plants in both living and dried form in the Museum's archives. Chell's panels link the blue of Atkins' cyanotypes, or 'sunprints', to the blue and white china so prevalent in the 18th and 19th centuries.
One of these books, which document British algae and are widely recognised as the first to be published with photographic illustrations, will be on display with other pieces from the Horniman's collections.
Bloom can be seen from Saturday 11 July 2015 in the new display space in the Horniman's recently redeveloped Natural History Gallery entrance.