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.
Curated by Helen Frederick, PAPER PARADOX: Material and Meaning features artists who explore the interactivity of paper as a medium, a surface, a tension, and as a conscious transformation of plant material into new formal creative statements.
Hemphill's Carroll Square Gallery
975 F St, NW, Washington, D.C.
SCRAP DC, "whose mission is to inspire creative reuse and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community."
Index1312a: Invasive weed pigments on Hibiscus syriacus paper, 11" x 11" (Edition of four)
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