Goal-less Living Things: The Plants of Heidi Norton

Goal-less Living Things: The Plants of Heidi Norton

Houseplants are our way of corralling nature, organizing it, and preserving it. They make ecology accessible and domestic. Still, houseplants, vegetation, botanical enterprise all have histories and experiences far bigger than me. As a material, their associated context is greater than my conception, but I like that. Plants, as a medium, have an ability to shift the work through various paradigms and intertexts: from fine art, to science, to personal and intimate, to vernacular.

A Plant as Familiar: The Use of Plants in Contemporary Art

A Plant as Familiar: The Use of Plants in Contemporary Art

Guest Post by Faye Kahn¹ Originally Composed 12/2012   Contemporary society occurs within a system of objects: toasters, cars, latch hooks, extension cords, hair pins, keys, cards, bunk beds, and so on. It is this very system (see also: pile, archive,...
Add A Little G.E.E.E. To Your Garden

Add A Little G.E.E.E. To Your Garden

The thing about G.E.E.E. is that, if you garden, and if you’re even remotely friendly, you already get what G.E.E.E. is all about. I have plants growing in my garden that were given to me by at least three different neighbors on my block, and it’s common...