The artist’s interest in the native species and their rootedness in exchanges with Australia and colonial Spain, offer a rich subtext for the curious hybrid tree/antennae that dominate Imbachi’s large scale drawings. In this scientific imaginary landscape, structures feed themselves as they expand from edge to edge their surfaces becoming three-dimensional and strangely immersive (Graphis – Natura, 2012). They recall taxonomic studies, as natural elements like tree leaves and plants become the documents of unchartered scientific progress. The contemplation of the beauty in natural forms becomes a site for a different interpretation of his local landscape. A heterogeneous set of proposals, Imbachi’s drawings of inner landscapes expose the deceptive simplicity of rural environments by considering in/organic processes through which plant forms come into being. Imbachi is interested in an ecosystem of processes informed by the relationships between organisms. Like a natural rug of dry pine leaves intercepts the land art movement; Imbachi’s practice embraces the sculptural forms of the undisturbed landscape, extracting from nature to question the division between the essence of the organic and the experience of the artificial.
© Osei Bonsu, 2014