Kangaroo Grass   Archival Pigment, 33 x 49 inches Digital Collage made from x-rays captured at PlantBank (Australia)

Kangaroo Grass

Archival Pigment, 33 x 49 inches
Digital Collage made from x-rays captured at PlantBank (Australia)

Archiving Eden (2008- Present)

Since 2008 I’ve worked in an ongoing collaboration with renowned biologists the most comprehensive international seed banks in the world: the United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service’s National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Colorado, the Millennium Seed Bank, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in England; and PlantBank, Threatened Flora Centre, and Kings Park Botanic Gardens in Australia.  In this era of climate change and declining biodiversity, by collecting, researching seed biology, and storing seeds in secure vaults, seed banks play a vital role in ensuring the survival of genetic diversity in wild and agricultural species.

Utilizing the archives’ on-site x-ray equipment that is routinely used for viability assessments of accessioned seeds, I document and subsequently collage the seeds and tissue samples stored in these crucial collections. The amazing visual power of magnified x-ray images, which springs from the technology’s ability to record what is invisible to the human eye, illuminates my considerations not only of the complex philosophical, anthropological, and ecological issues surrounding the role of science and human agency in relation to gene banking, but also of the poetic questions about life and time on a macro and micro scale.  I am struck by the power of these tiny plantlets and seeds (many are the size of a grain of sand) to generate life and to endure the time span central to the process of seed banking, which seeks to make these sparks last for two hundred years or more.

Use of the color delft/indigo blue evokes references not only to the process of cryogenic preservation, central to the methodology of saving seeds, but also to the intersection of east and west, trade, cultural exchange, and migration. Lenticular animations created from the collages present still-life images of an archive that appears to change color or move when viewed from different angles. This tension between stillness and change reflects my focus on the elusive goal of stopping time in relation to living materials, which at some moment, we may all like to do.


Millennium Seed Bank Research Seedlings and Lochner-Stuppy Test Garden no. 1

Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph, 79 x 36 inches
Digital collage made from x-rays captured at the Millennium Seed Bank (England)

Millennium Seed Bank Research Seedlings and Lochner-Stuppy Test Garden no. 2

Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph, 79 x 36 inches
Digital collage made from x-rays captured at the Millennium Seed Bank (England)

Millennium Seed Bank Research Seedlings and Lochner-Stuppy Test Garden no. 3

Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph, 79 x 36 inches
Digital collage made from x-rays captured at the Millennium Seed Bank (England)

Millennium Seed Bank Research Seedlings and Lochner-Stuppy Test Garden no. 4

Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph, 79 x 36 inches
Digital collage made from x-rays captured at the Millennium Seed Bank (England)

Pycnantha

Archival Pigment Photograph, 30 x 30 inches

  Banksias   Archival Pigment, 36.5 x 36.5 inches

Banksias

Archival Pigment, 36.5 x 36.5 inches

Sunflowers

Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph (simulation of color changes visible when viewing the work), 29 x 48 inches

Spiral Grass

Archival Pigment, 36.5 x 36.5 inches

Corn Diversity

Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph (simulation of color changes visible when viewing the work)

Columbian Exchange I

Archival Pigment, 50 x 35 inches
Digital Collage made from x-rays captured at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (USA) and PlantBank (Australia)

Prange's

Archival Pigment Photograph, 39.5 x 39.5 inches

Corn

Archival Pigment, 15 x 15 inches

 

Columbian Exchange III

Archival Pigment, 50 x 35 inches
Digital Collage made from x-rays captured at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (USA) and PlantBank (Australia)

Husk Corn (Landrace)

Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph (simulation of color changes visible when viewing the work), 41 x 41.5 inches

Acacia

Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph (simulation of color changes visible when viewing the work), 58 x 38.5 inches

Corn Seedlings

Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph, 20.5 x 41.5 inches

 
  Black Wattle   Archival Pigment, 36.5 x 36.5 inches

Black Wattle

Archival Pigment, 36.5 x 36.5 inches

Roots

Archival Pigment Photograph, 15 x 15 inches

Palo Verde

Archival Pigment Photograph, 60 x 45 inches

Seed Head II

Archival Pigment Photograph, 39.5 x 39.5 inches

Strawberry Clones

Archival Pigment Photograph, 12 x 47 inches

Whip It

Archival Pigment, 36.5 x 36.5 inches

 

Pear Tree Clone

Archival Pigment Photograph, 15 x 15 inches

Yuma

Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph, 58 x 43.5 inches

  Pine Cone   Archival Pigment Photograph, 39.5 x 39.5 inches

Pine Cone

Archival Pigment Photograph, 39.5 x 39.5 inches

Thirst

Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph (simulation of color changes visible when viewing the work), 26.5 x 47.5 inches

Epiphyte

Archival Pigment, 36.5 x 36.5 inches

  Sweet Potato Clone   Archival Pigment Photograph, 15 x 15 inches

Sweet Potato Clone

Archival Pigment Photograph, 15 x 15 inches

1400 Ash Tree Seeds

Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph (simulation of color changes visible when viewing the work), 96 X 28 inches

Prairie II

Archival Pigment, 36.5 x 36.5 inches
Digital collage made from x-rays captured at Carestream Molecular Imaging (USA)

Alfalfa

Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph (simulation of color changes visible when viewing the work), 60 x 47 inches

More Than This

80 x 40 inches

Digital Chromogenic Lenticular Photograph, Collage made from almost 5,000 individual x-rays of seeds captured at Kings Park Botanic Gardens (Australia), 

Pea

Archival Pigment Photograph, 15 x 15 inches

Banana Clone

Archival Pigment Photograph, 15 x 15 inches

  Wild Seedlings   Archival Pigment Photograph, 15 x 15 inches

Wild Seedlings

Archival Pigment Photograph, 15 x 15 inches

Soy

Archival Pigment Photograph, 15 x 15 inches

Poppy

Archival Pigment Photograph, 39.5 x 39.5 inches

Red Yucca

Archival Pigment Photograph, 39.5 x 39.5 inches

Waning I, II, III

Archival Pigment, each 42 x 42 inches
Digital collage made from x-rays captured at PlantBank, Threatened Flora Seed Centre, and Kings Park Botanic Gardens (Australia)

Finite

Archival Pigment, 56 x 56 inches
Digital Collage made from x-rays captured at PlantBank, Threatened Flora Seed Centre, and Kings Park Botanic Gardens (Australia)

Eucalyptus I, II, III, IV

Archival Pigment, 20 x 20 inches each
Digital collage made from x-rays captured at PlantBank (Australia)

Wollemi Pine Cross Sections

Archival Pigment, 34 x 63 inches
Digital collage made from x-rays captured at PlantBank (Australia)

  Waratah   Archival Pigment, 44 x 34 inches Digital collage made from x-rays captured at PlantBank (Australia)

Waratah

Archival Pigment, 44 x 34 inches
Digital collage made from x-rays captured at PlantBank (Australia)

Australia

Archival Pigment, 36.5 x 36.5 inches
Digital collage made from x-rays captured at PlantBank (Australia)

Then and Now Potato Diversity and the Irish Diaspora

Archival Pigment, 180 x 16 inches
Digital collage made from x-rays captured at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (USA)

Then and Now Detail

Zea Mays II

Archival Pigment, 15 x 15 inches

Arid

Archival Pigment, 36.5 x 36.5 inches

  Banana Clones   Archival Pigment Photograph, 23 x 46 inches

Banana Clones

Archival Pigment Photograph, 23 x 46 inches

Famine

Archival Pigment Photograph, 36.5 x 36.5 inches

 

Snack I (Nacho Flavored Doritos)

Archival Pigment, 66 x 27 inches
Digital collage made from x-rays captured at Carestream Molecular Imaging (USA)

Untitled

Archival Pigment, 56 x 56 inches
Digital Collage made from x-rays captured at PlantBank, Threatened Flora Seed Centre, and Kings Park Botanic Gardens (Australia)

 

Snack II (Sunchips)