Alasdair Dimmick
Alasdair Dimmick

Sci Fi Fennel

A3 print (framed)
Frame size: 54 x 43.3 cm
Image size: 35 x 23.2 cm
Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm archival paper


A3 print (unframed)
Image size: 35 x 23.2 cm on A3
Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm archival paper


There are lots of details in my work and you often need a second or third look to spot them. During the pandemic, hand sanitiser was low in stock and in this image I enjoyed playing with this fact to create a kind of dystopian landscape which represented our reality at the time. You can see there is a bottle of hand sanitiser with alien-like creatures approaching it. To reinforce the science fiction setting, I used a photograph of fennel cooking in the pan and allowed its unusual shape to create a liminal focus throughout. 


The contrast of the real and practical act of cooking fennel as a lens through which to view the strange and otherworldly scene beyond represents the surreal everyday reality of living through a ‘world-changing’ pandemic which would have previously seemed unimaginable to most of us. 



Fennel cooking in the pan, Glasgow, February 2021

Playground outside the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, September 2021



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