Re-interpretations of the hermetic wooden and glass cases designed by London physician Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward to transport specimens of colonial botany overseas. In the mid-1800s, the British East India Company sent botanist Robert Fortune to smuggle 20,000 tea plants from China into plantations in India using Wardian cases. The projects use materials that reference the troubled history of these expeditions.
Ex Situ examines the entanglement of tea trade, porcelain, and the start of the Opium Wars. Mold grows between the poppy seeds and unfired porcelain “terrace.”