PDX Contemporary Art Gallery, 2001
Having lived in the Pacific Northwest nearly all of my life, spring seems to extend from January through June. As a gardener, a walker, and an allergy sufferer, I get through the first six months of the year by watching what plants are blooming, how the light changes, how the earth slowly moves into summer.
I study plant and pollen forms, thinking about how people, like plants, have varying ways in which they manifest and express their sexuality. Some flaunt their potency, others protect it.
For this installation in particular, I wanted to create a piece about how the months of rain move us into the lush time of the year. This is a bouquet for Portland, bringing optimism for the long season ahead.