What does it mean for a plant to perform a political action?
Field is part of a larger body of work focusing on this question through engagement with the ecological politics of invasive species and the ways they relate to New York's historically industrial waterways and landscapes. Phragmites Australis is considered an invasive species that outcompetes its native counterparts in the region. Often characterized as harmful, invasive plant life also performs tasks that subvert their own characterization. Such tasks can range from assisting in the remediation of human caused damage in post-industrialized landscapes to providing barriers to protect against sea level rise in marshlands around New York.
Field acts as a representation of the complicated dynamics taking place in waterways polluted by human activity and poignantly, which form of life has the power to define and designate the other.
Exhibited at Pier 17, South Street Seaport, Lower Manhattan, NYC
Foraged Phragmites Australis, found rocks and concrete, soil, 25 modified HDPE budckets
Supported by NEW INC at The New Museum & Science Sandbox