‘Gazing the Hothouse’ is a presentation of new work that examines gardening, archival practices and horticulture as a way to explore the complicated histories of colonialism. Part of my practice is to not only understand the scientific properties of plants but to understand the human and global stories connected to the plant. In modern society, we have a vast amount of information and knowledge at our fingertips but rarely do we know the plants around us. During my Master, I discovered the term plant blindness, coined by botanists James Wandersee and Elizabeth Schusster in 1998, which refers to the ‘cognitive bias in which we struggle to recognize and appreciate the value and diversity of flora over zoological forms, especially in prestige species.’ In my art practice, I explore the artist’s role in collecting and recording flora while uncovering the stories about biodiversity, global trade, and extinction.