Gem is based in Oxford, UK and uses photography, archival research and participatory practices to explore the intersection between art and science, with a focus on plants, illustration and women in history.

During her masters degree at Falmouth University Gem undertook practical research into the botanical archives of the Oxford University Herbaria in the department where she works. This project was an exploration of the hidden histories of the women botanists and artists whose work and research was often overlooked.

Over the past year Gem participated in two artists residencies with the London Alternative Photography Collective which investigated more environmentally friendly darkroom practices. Gem is leading group workshops for Lumen Studios over the next few months which focus on wellbeing, nature and creative practice (funded by Arts Council England). (See: 'Return of the Light'.)

On 24th March Gem will give a talk for the RPS on ‘Photography, Illustration and Flora’ as part of the series ‘Looking to the present, looking to the past’ led by Colin Pantall.

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