This series explores the rich diversity of my community, San Jose, California. Each month I collect material from a pile of yard waste in a different neighborhood. The material is plentiful as the land is fertile and the piles are collected by the city weekly, free of charge. I use the specimens to create a neighborhood “portrait” using inked plants to make marks on a substrate. Drawings add depth and context.
The work addresses some core impulses: a desire to draw parallels between the agricultural heritage of my region, and the landscape of the contemporary urban zone, a belief in the power of narrative to reveal new perspectives and ask critical questions, a search for radical authenticity, and an abiding fascination with plants and their intrinsic qualities.