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. What is a weed? Some are native and others non-native. The organic farmer considered most of the weeds helpful for soil fertility and to attract beneficial insects. Some plants were considered invasive.
From this research, I created mosaic artwork that addressed these complex issues. This mosaic series called Invasive Plants, explores 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.