to facilitate personal sovereignty
While repotting some neglected houseplants, I became fascinated by their root structure and how the roots were curling around the container they where growing in. Like the plants, so too, I am bound into my container. I am contained by my thoughts, by patterns set up from concepts, grown from the fears of living and the desires this brings on.
I began casting everyday objects I saw as representing fundamental desires or notions. A plant grows from the simple silhouette of a child’s toy house suggesting the necessity of shelter, as well as, heady desires. The first step in making multiples of a sculpture is to cast a negative of the object. I utilize this negative as a container in which to grow a plant, then record its life and ultimate suffocation under the conditions of being root bound. Here a Sequoia grows in the mold of a Barbie doll.
I planted this garden with the understanding that anything that can define a life has the potential to confine that life. A china-doll plant rises from the mold of a Buddha figurine, while its roots grow within confinement. For this project, I was especially mindful that one must strive to see the world as it is, and not through the veil of manufactured ideals.
How can we live by anything other than our existing thoughts and perceptions? When the direction we are pointed in is not best suited to our health, we can use the awareness that we are being confined by thoughts and emotions as a tool to find a more compassionate, non-selfish modality for action. This change in action may compel a change in thought. Once we can take charge of ourselves, we can care for others and our world.