22.375 x 15 inches
Collage with Linoleum Block Elements on Cotton Rag Paper
This collage is part of a collection celebrating the many plant babies that I nurture and care for. By growing many species of plants in my home, I am able to connect to the power and the wisdom of nature's intelligence, and that creates a window for me to also be in touch with my ancestors in a very embodied way.
Growing plants for me is a continuation of the love for plants that my father passed on to me when he was alive. Growing plants is a way for me to disrupt and resist the oppressive, polluted concrete jungle that I grew up in, and repair my relationship to the living world.
I'm celebrating the plants in my life through these artworks, and acknowledging their wisdom and the way they have transformed my life.
For this series, I created soft, round, playful shapes to personify each of my “plantcestors.” The shapes of the plants and vases are cut out from linoleum block patterns made from my drawings. Each still life captures a different essence in my home.