At what point do we become responsible for what we have created? The question can have many responses, one major one being human as agent or art artist as agent. In the act of trying to convey a political and social cultural issue, "we" become part of the issue. I create a body of work in hopes of having an impact on the viewer. Impact can of course be only described in my case as a strong emotional response and ineffect evoke change. Yet the question is, is it moral to creat
I have been quite caught up in the process, and how the process will effect the viewer. The problem I have been having is a very black and white prospective on how one should view the world. The question is yes, I have grown my own crop that can not simply be returned to places where I gathered it from. That would make me an agent with a purpose to distory and add to the ever growing problem. The simple act of the measure would be to burn the crop I have created. This is a co
I've been doing research on how the land was treated historically from the founding (upper and lower Canada). Land at the time was quite cheap even for those times at ten dollars for 61 hectares. At this time the job of the farmer was to clear and cultivate the land, and this was and is no simple task. It would take a farmer and entire lifetime to meet the requirements. Today is a whole other story, where land is flipped and built in less the five years. The turnaround from o
In our country where we pride ourselves for our diversity, this is only limited to how we see each other. Sadly this notion does not touch the lands that sustain us. While we may progressing on a social cultural level towards suitability, this same outlook is not stretched to our biodiversity. While looking around at the urban sphere that houses over 80% of the Canadian population, especially here in the GTA, it is hard to see how land unifies us. When we go through the subur
The use of language, when it comes to the invasion of vegetation does not help with our perception of the natural word. It is interesting to note, that dispersal of seeds is a plants natural way of helping their offspring success with the best forms of dispersal method. Unfortunately when you look up the definition of dispersal is says "Seed dispersal is the movement or transport of seeds away from the parent plant. Plants have very limited mobility and consequently rely upon
Ive been thinking of how to bring the idea of culture back into the work and how to embody that in this particular work. There is something about how we make pathways, eroding them down, untill we have buffer zones on either side of the path. In this case, this allows oportunties to take over the bare patches. I have not really noticed them till now, after two weeks on the trails, paths, and sidewalks. Ive started to play with some diferent material, as to how to hold my crop
I have started on growing the common and the generalists, which I have carried with me through my daily travels. At this point they are not much to look at, but potential for my crop to grow over the next few weeks should hopefully bare fruitful.
This is just a clipping from my notebook of my findings this far. I have overlapped my paths I have taken over the past two weeks and started to map out my place in the landscape. As my pile of specimens are growing I have realized, I have become an agent in the spread of these invasive, exotic and native alike species of plants. Is the preformative aspect of the up and coming work, the act of me tracking and collecting, or is there room for something more.