Joshua Hobson

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    Dyson Tree, Archival Pigment Print, 10" x 12", 2016
  • Mythobotany – Alternative Methods for Formless Specimens

    This set of images is representative of my experimental research into the taxonomy of fictional and mythical flora.  My inquiry and methodology has, for the very first time, made possible the indexical recording of this rare plant life in their natural state of origin.

    As a starting point for discussion around newly developing field of mythobotany, one must be willing to take a leap beyond the safe confines of common knowledge.  The scientific method tells us that only that which is observable with our sensual organs can be the focus of serious scientific inquiry.  Surely no one would argue with that basic premise.  Sight, smell, touch and sound form the basis for our understanding of the universe and our place in it.  Until now, that which lies beyond these categories remained the domain of creatives and mystics.

    The basic premise of mythobotany and all of the mythosciences is that the realms of the spirit and imagination are not simply formless visions, but real and quantifiable phenomena. What makes this possible is the development of greater observational skills through the development of all of our sensual organs.  Deep within our brain is a tiny gland, the pineal.  It is located near the center of the brain between the two hemispheres.  It produces serotonin among other things and is crucial for maintaining sleep patterns and seasonal circadian rhythms. This is only one part of this mysterious gland.  Esoteric traditions have long known that this area of the brain is the link between the physical and metaphysical worlds.  While our other sense organs are fixed within a singular space-time, the pineal gland, when properly developed can allow us access to a vast range of spacio-temporal realms.

    My research suggests that all manner of dream, hallucination and fancy once manufactured among the folds of the human brain does in fact take form in a dimension of its own.  While current techniques are unable to locate each and every one of these realms, the ones made manifest by collective consciousness are easily located and studied.  Among these easily accessible alternative realities are the realms of myth, literature and cinema.  These have been envisioned and fortified by human thought and made substantive enough to allow for scientific study.  While my colleagues may chase Pegasus through the shadowy realms of the imagination I have neither the interest, nor the backbone, to wrangle with mythical fauna.  Still mythobotany probes well beyond the domain of garden-variety plant life and requires a unique approach.
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    The Merciless Pepper, Archival Pigment Print, 10" x 12", 2016
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    Werewolf Plant, Archival Pigment Print, 10" x 12", 2016
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    Audrey, Archival Pigment Print, 10" x 12", 2016
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    Red Weed, Archival Pigment Print, 10" x 12", 2016
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    Crazee Dazee, Archival Pigment Print, 10" x 12", 2016
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    The Death of Being, Archival Pigment Print, 10" x 12", 2016
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    Alraune, Archival Pigment Print, 10" x 12", 2016
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    Greek Lotus, Archival Pigment Print, 10" x 12", 2016
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    Adele, Archival Pigment Print, 10" x 12", 2016
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    Cleopatra, Archival Pigment Print, 10" x 12", 2016
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    Biollante, Archival Pigment Print, 10" x 12", 2016
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    The Dreamers guide to mythobotany, Handmade Artist's Book, 10" x 12", 2016
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    Dyson Tree, Archival Pigment Print, 40" x 32", 2016
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    The Dreamers Guide to Mythobotany (Grid View), Archival Pigment Prints, 10" x 12"(each), 2016

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