Plants can be difficult: they are strangely shy in front of my camera and I am often awkward in front of them. I want to portray their melancholy, their ambivalence toward us, their alienation from the natural world, their longing to be wild. Sometimes they frustrate me, and then I leave them to wither. But they keep drawing me in with their sad stories.
Plants try so hard to communicate for us, I think. They arrive in our lives as a gift, an apology, a leftover centerpiece, an offering, a burden. How can they be so benign and forgettable when they often stand for words we can’t say?
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Vigil, Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, Toronto: 2012