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Botanizing the Anthropocene

Since 2016 I have engaged in an ongoing research project with fellow artist Sarah Jones that we call Botanizing the Anthropocene.  As an artist and truth-teller I want to understand how best to respond to our changing climate without being immobilized by despair.  

Herbarium Martyrium: 12 Plant Allies in the Geography of Hope

Herbarium Martyrium: 12 Plant Allies in the Geography of Hope

This is a one of a kind, unbound artist book with 12 original hand stitched botanical drawings on BFK Reives paper in a portfolio case

This is a one of a kind, unbound artist book with 12 original hand stitched botanical drawings on BFK Reives paper in a portfolio case

 The portfolio case was designed and fabricated in collaboration with Jules Remedios Faye.

The portfolio case was designed and fabricated in collaboration with Jules Remedios Faye.

Words Every Child Has a Right to Know vol. 1

Words Every Child Has a Right to Know vol. 1

 These are boxed sets of 40 flash cards, hand set in Century Schoolbook type and letterpress printed on heavy card stock at Stern & Faye Printers in an edition of 20. The words are those eliminated from the 21st century editions of the Oxford Junior Dictionary for children aged 7-11.

These are boxed sets of 40 flash cards, hand set in Century Schoolbook type and letterpress printed on heavy card stock at Stern & Faye Printers in an edition of 20. The words are those eliminated from the 21st century editions of the Oxford Junior Dictionary for children aged 7-11.


Samplers for the Anthropocene: Sunflower

Samplers for the Anthropocene: Sunflower

This is the first in a series of three works that show the root systems of plants known to be effective in phytoremediation. The toxins these plants can eliminate are listed in the background.

 They are hand stitched original botanical drawings on tea dyed fabric. The other works in the series depict alfalfa and rye grass root systems. These works are 22” square.

They are hand stitched original botanical drawings on tea dyed fabric. The other works in the series depict alfalfa and rye grass root systems. These works are 22” square.


Botanizing the Anthropocene at the Bloedel Reserve: A Commonplace Book.

Botanizing the Anthropocene at the Bloedel Reserve: A Commonplace Book.

This accordion book, bound in baseball stitch by Arisa Brown, records my recent residency at the Bloedel Reserve where I made daily drawings of botanicals found on walks and faced my grief over climate change.


 Each day’s drawing is accompanied by relevant passages from that day’s reading. Fellow artist Sarah Jones was a co-resident at the Bloedel.

Each day’s drawing is accompanied by relevant passages from that day’s reading. Fellow artist Sarah Jones was a co-resident at the Bloedel.


The Herbarium of Useful Plants

The Herbarium of Useful Plants

This ongoing series of idiosyncratic herbarium sheets records useful plants found within a 5 block radius of my home. Each herbarium sheet includes a botanical specimen, dried and mounted in the traditional ways.


 In a time of climate uncertainty, an archive of personal interaction with these plants has deepened my awareness of fellow life forms and serves as an antidote to despair.

In a time of climate uncertainty, an archive of personal interaction with these plants has deepened my awareness of fellow life forms and serves as an antidote to despair.