UNCULTIVATED

Uncultivated, is a series of both large-scale and miniature sculptures of weeds that continue my exploration of plant-inspired imagery. For these works, my focus has turned to the lesser-appreciated species that crop up in our lawns, colonize empty lots, and sprout where most other plants cannot gain a foothold. Weeds are the most resilient and adaptable plants on our planet, though their ability to thrive and cross borders has vilified them. Many parallels can be drawn between human perceptions of these scrappy flora and the so-called "undesirable" humans that crop up in today's polarizing debates. This series aims to shed light on these contemporary, social issues through a botanical lens.

Salsify (Bound)
Salsify (Bound)

steel, wood, thermoplastic, mixed media, 6 x 9 x 1 feet

Purslane (Extended)
Purslane (Extended)

steel, wood, resin, mixed media, 3 x 4 x 2 feet

Horsetail (Fortified)
Horsetail (Fortified)

steel, wood, thermoplastic, corrugate fiberboard, papier mache’, mixed media, 7 x 4 x 1 feet

Horsetail (Fortified)
Horsetail (Fortified)

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Deplorable: Dandelion
Deplorable: Dandelion

thermoplastic, mixed media, 5 x 4 x 4 inches

Deplorable: Poison Ivy
Deplorable: Poison Ivy

thermoplastic, mixed media, 6 x 4 x 4 inches

Deplorable: Mallow
Deplorable: Mallow

thermoplastic, mixed media, 4 x 4 x 4 inches

Deplorable: Plantain
Deplorable: Plantain

thermoplastic, mixed media, 5 x 4 x 4 inches

Deplorable: Nightshade
Deplorable: Nightshade

thermoplastic, mixed media, 6 x 4 x 4 inches

Deplorable: Goathead
Deplorable: Goathead

thermoplastic, mixed media, 4 x 4 x 4 inches

Deplorable: Shepherds Purse
Deplorable: Shepherds Purse

thermoplastic, mixed media, 6 x 4 x 4 inches

Milkweed
Milkweed

found object, wood, epoxy clay, acrylic paint, 27 x 18 x 23 inches