Invasive Plants Series
I am profoundly concerned with how ecosystems are changing. The story of environmental degradation and beauty of nature’s resources are central themes in my art practice.
In fall of 2015, I explored these themes at an artist residency on a working farm near Grinnell, Iowa. Nestled amidst 300 acres of conventionally grown corn was a 3-acre organic commercial market garden. Wandering the fields, identifying plants, talking with the organic farmer, and conducting online research revealed a complex story about weeds.
From this research, I'm creating a series called Invasive Plants, exploring the history and impact of non-native plants and monocultures. The art work is highly detailed, with nuanced colors, and radically enlarged aspects of the plants for dramatic effect.
Land of Tall Corn 3, 5 x 5 x 1", rusty steel frame