The starting point of the Dalton’s work with the Fitzwilliam Museum was the magnificent but faceless caryatid that formed part of the temple to Demeter, the Greek Goddess of Agriculture. This agricultural link started a dialogue between the artist and Rothamsted Research – the longest running agricultural research station in the world. Dalton’s light projections and installations have been inspired by ongoing science and innovation at the Institute. The light projection is inspired by the remarkable scientific advancement of a plant called Camelina. Scientists at Rothamstead have transferred genes from marine micro-organisms into the seedpods of Camelina, the plant now produces a land-based source of omega-3 fish oils.
Photographed by Tom Mannion