Room to Grow

Chair with Boltonia asteroides, detail of Room to Grow, 2019.
Native plants, cast-off furniture, spackle, house paint

SCHEDULE

Look for me at Room to Grow these Sunday afternoons 3-6pm:
July 7, July 14, July 21
Aug 4, Aug 18, Aug 25
Sept 8
Sept 15 4-6pm Community Potluck and Reception
Sept 22 4-6pm Reception Rain Date

Stop by and we’ll talk about humans + nature!

The Minuteman Bikeway is an ideal place for visitors to spend time in the world of green growing things, and to consider issues of environmental health, sustainability, and how humans and nature interact. With the installation Room to Grow, I’m offering a space to consider and talk about how human habitat and nature intertwine, literally! The plants used here are native, non-invasive, and several attract pollinators. By juxtaposing them with human-made objects, I aim to raise questions including: what sort of plants were this chair, this table, this dresser, before we turned them into furniture? From which rocks in the earth did the metal in this lamp, this bed-frame come from? From which drops of crude oil was this paint derived? Nature creates, and humans create. And when it comes down to it, humans are part of nature. So how do these materials we use and the objects we create fit into the biosphere? Look for me along the Bikeway this summer as artist-in-residence sponsored by Arlington Public Art and the Arlington Commission on Arts and Culture. I’ll be tending the installation and discussing humans and nature with visitors!

Collaborators on this project include:
Cecily Miller, art curator, Arlington Public Art and the Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture
Judy Otto, native plant expert, Belmont Victory Gardens
K & J Westbard, installation assistance

Room to Grow, 2019. Native plants, cast-off furniture, spackle, house paint

Plant species in the installation:

Dresser: Culver’s Root – Veronicastrum virginicum
Picture: Sweet Autumn Clematis – Clematis terniflora
Chair: ‘Snowbank’ – False Aster – Boltonia asteroides
Night table: Little Bluestem – Schizachyrium scoparium
Bed: ‘Hot Lips’ Turtlehead – Chelone lyonii
Window: Joe Pye Weed – Eupatorium hybrid
Lamp: Willow-leaved Sunflower – Helianthus salicifolius

Room to Grow, concept sketch
Room to Grow, concept sketch
Room to Grow, concept sketch
Room to Grow, concept sketch