For Tussie Mussie the garden of the Artist in Residency Villa Waldberta in Feldafing (DE) is studied, analysed and translated with a floral dictionary that was used during Victorian Ages to explore an undiscovered message of the garden.

Floral dictionaries were used to express feelings and send messages without using written or verbal language. It connects words to plants, trees, herbs and flowers.

Sanne Vaassen archived the flora of the garden and connected them to the words according to the dictionary to reveal the secret message of the garden.

This secret message is carved into a cabinet that enfolds all the flora of the garden that were gathered, dried and preserved in between glass plates.

Accompanied by the installation the secret message is illustrated in a publication in which scans of the flora are combined with the words that according to the dictionary belong to the flora.

Tussie Mussie, variable dimensions, glass, dried flora, wooden cabinet, 2020

Made possible thanks to the generous support of the Mondriaan Fonds and the Villa Waldberta in Feldafing (DE)

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