From 17 to 20 March 2011, under the umbrella of Invisible Dust, the animation ‘Blind Petunias’ was
screened at Jesus Green Lido in Cambridge in an outdoor group show curated by Alice Sharp.
The animation shows the growth of both mutant and normal Petunia flowers. We observe the slow
movements of plants influenced by the cycle of day and night. The contrasting development of mutant
and normal flowers becomes clear to the viewer. We see plants with fused floral organs, flowers unable
to open or with missing petals, seemingly blind to their surrounding environment. The depiction of Petunia
mutants illustrates the infinite possibilities and also the increased responsibility that comes with our increasing
knowledge of plant cultivation and ability to control and influence our environment.