Talking to Plants
30 June 2017

Talking to Plants is a multimedia sculpture that examines the structures and conditions that shape our perceptions, beliefs, and experiences. Often working collaboratively and through performance, mixing materials and techniques to give emphasis to vulnerability and tension. Contrast, humor, and displacement are key aspects of this politically-minded practice.

Talking with Plants (2017) is an installation about communal nurturing. The sculpture is filled with formal tensions: diverse plants that stretch, curl, and drape against a minimalist, raw plywood sculptural base; hot pink and neon green grow lights cast dynamic shadows on the hard-edged plywood; while mottled, handmade ceramic objects adorn and support the geometric structure. Based on the idea that people often speak with the plants they tend to, Talking with Plants is also a performative sculpture. Tiny microphones embedded with each plant invite you to speak to it—share secrets, offer encouragement, reflect on a past experience or future hope. These sentiments are shared with gallery visitor through a speaker beneath the installation, shifting a private intimate exchange into a shared public space.

Talking to Plants, 2017. The Weston, Cincinnati, Ohio Plywood, plants, speakers, microphones, ceramics, fish tank, water, horticulture lights

Talking to Plants, 2017.
Celebrating 20 Years of the Weston Art Gallery and the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio;
Curated by Dennis Harrington
Plywood, plants, speakers, microphones, ceramics, fish tank, water, horticulture lights

Talking to Plants, 2017. The Weston, Cincinnati, Ohio Plywood, plants, speakers, microphones, ceramics, fish tank, water, horticulture lights

Talking to Plants, 2017.
Celebrating 20 Years of the Weston Art Gallery and the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio;
Curated by Dennis Harrington
Plywood, plants, speakers, microphones, ceramics, fish tank, water, horticulture lights

Talking to Plants, 2017. The Weston, Cincinnati, Ohio Plywood, plants, speakers, microphones, ceramics, fish tank, water, horticulture lights

Talking to Plants, 2017.
Celebrating 20 Years of the Weston Art Gallery and the Aronoff Center for the Arts, Weston Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio;
Curated by Dennis Harrington
Plywood, plants, speakers, microphones, ceramics, fish tank, water, horticulture lights

Talking to Plants