Invasive Species, recycled mixed media, 2008-2012
Made entirely of recycled materials such as tar paper, pond liner, cheap beer cans, and speaker wire; this series replicates various invasive weed species in the state of Washington and sites them in their imagined habitats in both rural and urban environments. Blackberries, morning glory, ivy, crabgrass, and kudzu sprout from cracks and emerge from crevices, stealthily laying claim to landscape.
Playing off the tension of materials and site and our capacity to ignore what is not valuable, conceived as street art, Invasive Species invites a closer look at weeds, our ecology and our detritus, and points out our own invasive tendencies.
Invasive Species have colonized The Last Chance Travel Agency, Roq La Rue Gallery’s Red Current/Sweet Fruit exhibit, was a featured installation set for Cafe Nordo’s Cabinet of Curiosities, emerged during the Capitol Hill Block Party, and will be popping up along the route of the NEPO House 5K in early September and Small Voids and Spectrecle in October 2012.