Aloe Comosa, 2020
PFR295 FineArt Rag (295 g/m²)
About the Artist
Filipa Domingues (b.1983, South Africa) is an award winning film producer and stills photographer, her photographic work has been featured on the covers of numerous magazines including a spread in National Geographic. Filipa’s latest photography venture “CheckMyPlants” is photographing rare and unusual plants, specifically indigenous South Africa succulents against a black background, using natural light only, waiting for the perfect light which only occurs on some days. Featured on CNN Inside Africa “Through the lens”Showcasing 8 unique photographers in Cape Town during lockdown. Also featured in Business Insider’s Top 10 iPhone photographers as well as Condé Nast House & Garden; ‘7 Top Creatives to follow in 2018’. Her work has appeared on the Expresso Show and she recently was part of the all woman group Installation ‘A Taste of Memories; with world renowned illustrator Ree Treweek and visual projection artist Inka Kendzia. Ahead of her first solo exhibition in September 2019, Filipa exclusively curated 4 limited-release ‘CheckMyPlants’ Smeg retro fridges as the ultimate collectors’ items. These bespoke pieces feature her visually spectacular stills of iconic South African plants with Smeg’s black retro fridge as the canvas to perfectly emulate her signature style photography. Filipa lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.
About the Artwork
Aloe comosa or locally known as the ‘Clanwilliam Aloe’ is hardly known in cultivation. It only occurs just north of the town of Clanwilliam and in sheltered kloofs bordering on the Ceres Karoo. It was discovered in the Olifants River Valley in 1905, and it is still unclear who discovered the plant and brought it to the attention of the botanical world, but it is classified as rare in its natural habitat. Pollination is done mainly by bees, and super interesting, it is possible that some evening moths could pollinate this species too.