From Invasive Species
Common Reed (Phragmites australis)
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Japanese Stilt Grass (Microstegium vimineum)
Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Tree Of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
European Water Chestnut (Trapa natans)
“From this moment on, knowing what is happening to the planet, to what do I devote my life?”
Dahr Jamail—The End Of Ice.
This series is grounded in the lineage of the botanical cyanotype, but its subjects are plants that are invasive in the area where I live and work, the Hudson Valley in Upstate New York. Because of human activity, these plants were all introduced, either deliberately or accidentally into an area where they had never previously existed and have thrived, out-competing the native plants, and thus reducing biodiversity. One day a visitor pointed out to me a large plant that was in fact Japanese Knotweed, which is extremely invasive. As I was looking for ways to document adverse human impacts on the environment I thought invasive plants would make an interesting subject, since I did not need to travel to some exotic landscape - they are all around us. I began to use elements from the environment of the plants, such as water from the Hudson River, to interact with the Cyanotype chemistry, thus creating an expressionistic feel to the work that alludes to the horror of our destruction of the biosphere.