Twisties, a risograph collage with accompanying prose___

Nectar, a plant ally zine celebrating Japanese Knotweed—its beauty, evils and benefits.

A series of immersive encounters with so-called “invasive” plants as I contemplate their value offerings in a topsy-turvy world. In the U.S. and Europe, Japanese Knotweed is one of the most hated non-native plants for the damage it can cause to an ecosystem, and yet there is no away—eradication is impossible. This series—through video, writing, zines, and ethnobotanical uses like natural dyeing—seeks to complicate our understanding of the plant and the terminology (invasive, non-native) that often others not only the species, but also the cultures and places from which they come.

Developed during an artist residency at Subcircle in Biddeford Maine, August 2021.

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