Alienweeds : The Invasive Species Harvest

 

 THE INVASIVE PLANT 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

 

EXHIBITION

Atrium Gallery
McLean Project for the Arts
1234 Ingleside Ave.
McLean Va.

Sept. 11- Oct. 25

Opening reception: Sept. 11, 7-9 p.m.

 

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

• October 12

UNITED STATES BOTANIC GARDEN
Lecture, 1:30 p.m., Conservatory Classroom

 

• Oct. 18

NORTHERN VIRGINIA CONSERVATION TRUST

Hidden Oaks Nature Center, 7701 Royce St, Annandale, VA, United States

Lecture and weed walk: 2:30 pm to 5 pm

 

• Nov. 16

PYRAMID ATLANTIC BOOK ARTS FAIR

Speech: 11 a.m.

Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
8230 Georgia Avenue,
Silver Spring, MD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Index1312a

 

Index1408a: Invasive-plant pigments on Broussonetia papyrifera paper, 18" x 18"

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