1991

Harvest

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In the autumn he made Harvest (1991), a series of ten simple ‘honesty’ plant circles. In its swell from light to dark, this sequence represents germination through to ripening and harvest. Like the process leading up to harvest, the series is not a closed sequence but represents a renewable, age-old cycle that can be perceived from any point.

 

A day could represent a meaningful sequence of any kind, no matter how long or short its temporal duration. For Fabian Miller, each day also gained value in its incremental exposure to light. He formulated and developed this idea, expressing it with an analogy, the mind as tabula rasa:

 

'When we’re born, our brain is like a dark rock. Each day you live it is exposed to the light and thus it slowly fills with light and the light accumulation becomes our mind and our thoughts ... and each day’s acts are precious as those acts work with the light to form the beauty and the intent and the integrity of our forming mind, and the actions we choose to make in the world. So each day’s acts must be treasured. Each action considered as it contributes to the light accumulation, our light deposit, our forming mind, the turning of the dark rock into a light sensitive cell that radiates energy – and if carefully built it can radiate goodness and beauty within the world.'

 

In this way, the discs of Harvest can be understood also as images representing gradual receptivity, and the accumulation of knowledge and understanding throughout the course of our lives. Our minds absorb a metaphorical light, or rather, gain illumination each day through our senses towards beauty and goodness, qualities that are stored and distributed through our actions. Prior to this time, Fabian Miller’s works had always been engaged with a sensitive, life-enhancing position in the world. But from this point on, they gained additional and new intensity, urgency and sense of purpose.

 

Illumine - Garry Fabian Miller - A Retrospective, by Martin Barnes.

Merrell London/New York 2005.

 

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Harvest

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Autumn 1991

Plant tissue, light, dye destruction print

each panel 69 x 69 cm / 27 x 27 "

 

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Harvest

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Autumn 1991

Plant tissue, light, dye destruction print

each panel 69 x 69 cm / 27 x 27 "

 

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Harvest

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Autumn 1991

Plant tissue, light, dye destruction print

each panel 69 x 69 cm / 27 x 27 "

 

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Harvest

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Autumn 1991

Plant tissue, light, dye destruction print

each panel 69 x 69 cm / 27 x 27 "

 

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Harvest

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Autumn 1991

Plant tissue, light, dye destruction print

each panel 69 x 69 cm / 27 x 27 "

 

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Harvest

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Autumn 1991

Plant tissue, light, dye destruction print

each panel 69 x 69 cm / 27 x 27 "

 

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Harvest

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Autumn 1991

Plant tissue, light, dye destruction print

each panel 69 x 69 cm / 27 x 27 "

 

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Harvest

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Autumn 1991

Plant tissue, light, dye destruction print

each panel 69 x 69 cm / 27 x 27 "

 

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Harvest

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Autumn 1991

Plant tissue, light, dye destruction print

each panel 69 x 69 cm / 27 x 27 "

 

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