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Dispersal
Depot Gallery, VCU
2015

Using plants as a basis for exploration of the interstices between the human and nonhuman, Dispersal investigates ideas of awareness, intelligence, deep time, animism, and the fluctuating human perception of Nature. Knowing plants is a way to know the surrounding and global environment through the senses and seasons with a spirit of resilience, care, and empathy. Plants survive and evolve in this space and time alongside us, and we endlessly influence each other in a history that extends as far back as life itself.

 
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Left: Instructions for Knowing a Pelargonium
Right: Animal to Plant, Plant to Animal (Burdock)

 
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Left: Touch-me-not/sensitive plant/shame plant/prayer plant/humble plant/Mimosa pudica.
Right: Norfolk Island Pine.

 
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Touch, Burn, Water: Mimosa pudica Polygraph Test (For Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose and Cleve Backster). Thermal Paper. 8x23 in

 
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Dirt Time, Plant Thinking. Eastern red cedar, soil, found seeds, LCD monitor, media player, HD video
Plants: Broadleaf dock, stinging nettle, common tansy, cocklebur, burdock, Queen Anne’s lace, milkweed, broomsedge,
deertongue, Osage orange, and others

 
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OSAGE ORANGE (BELLE ISLE)


ONCE ENJOYED
BY GIANT
GROUND SLOTHS

 
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AMERICAN PERSIMMON (TEXAS BEACH)


PEOPLE, POSSUMS, MOLDS,
DEER, YEASTS, RACCOONS
FIND THE FRUIT
DELICIOUS

 
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GINKO BILOBA (N. HARRISON STREET)


EXTANT TAXON—SOLE SURVIVOR
SAVE BY MONKS
SPREAD BY URBAN PLANNERS
AND GRAY SQUIRRELS

 
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Animal to Plant, Plant to Animal (Burdock)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Instructions for Knowing a Pelargonium