Alienweeds : The Invasive Species Harvest



As a volunteer steward of a local urban landscape, I work to enhance native plant and animal communities by removing exotic invasive vegetation from local parks and private lands in Washington, D.C.

This harvest of alien weeds yields an abundance of material, which is processed into fuel, chemicals, pigments, lumber, paper fibers and cordage — all of which are reassembled in the studio in a form that refers to its material source. The practice harnesses the inherent wealth of unwanted plants to sustainably fund their own removal.

Patterson Clark



Greater Reston Arts Center
12001 Market Street
Suite #103
Reston, Virginia

Edicole: April 16 - July 3

Lecture and weed walk: Saturday, June 20, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.









Edicola Pyrus Mahonia


Edicola Pyrus Mahonia: Wood from Callery Pear and Leatherleaf Mahonia, with LED UV lighting, 14" x 14" x 7"

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