Installation, Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh
This artwork references a diverse range of research sources that are centred around botany
and botanical activity throughout history. Exploring the relationship between human and plant
species, I am drawn to the scale, energy, intention and ambition of eighteenth and
nineteenth-century botanical endeavours and developments, when the natural landscape was
viewed as a place of wonder and discovery.
My practice investigates processes of collecting, preserving, and archiving. Working
through slow, repetitive and meticulous methods of construction she attempts to stretch and
consolidate the associative potential of natural particles and fragments harvested from our
The central element of this installation involves a large scale pressed flower work composed of
thousands of pressed Daucus Carota flowers, known commonly as Queen Anne’s Lace. These
plants were gathered from sites around the city of Pittsburgh and are woven together to form an
interlaced structure of fabric measuring over 16 square meters. Other related works include a
series of screen prints on wax and a hand stamped wall pattern, drawing our attention to an
intricate structure of leaflets discovered on the underside of the flower head.
While landscape is defined as “all the visible features of an area”, I am interested in the
notion of landscape as a surface, a covering or veneer. My artwork considers what it might be
concealing, and what it might hold. How a closer engagement with these natural materials might
lead us to an interior space, slowly revealing the potential and possibility of this space, as a
place to shelter the precious and yield that which is valuable; a bank, an archive, a sanctuary.