personae

 

STATEMENT

This series explores the idea that plants deserve more consideration and empathy than we typically afford them, which has deeper implications for conservation, even plant rights, in light of pollution, habitat loss, and mass extinctions. With humor and exaggeration I turn to my own potted plants, re-imagining them as individuals with distinct personalities and moods. I choose to photograph cacti and other succulents because they already display individuality and character. In addition, succulents are relatable to many by virtue of being part of our popular culture (the Victorians had pteridomania or fern fever; we have succu-mania). I employ experimental photography* and titles to playfully anthropomorphize each subject, thus probing the viewer to question the notion that plants are inherently dissimilar to us.

*The series is produced by experimental application of the historic wet plate collodion process.