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Exhibition "SEED CATCHERS", Atlantic Visual Arts Festival, Caraquet, N.B., Canada - 2014

Seeds are magical and powerful time capsules.  They hold the power to grow into awe-inspiring life forms.  They remind me of women and motherhood.  They swell, open up and give birth to life.  

environmental art project started in the summer of 2013 and is ongoing.  
The "Seed Catchers" are recycled/recomposed installations, travelling from place to place, in natural or urban ecosystems, symbolically gathering seeds swept by the winds of the earth.  

SEED CATCHERS, Ruisseau-Sisson Road, N.B., Canada - 2014
SEED CATCHERS, abandoned structure on Rivière-Quisibis road, N.B. - 2013
SEED CATCHERS, abandoned structure on Rivière-Quisibis road, N.B. - 2013
SEED CATCHERS, near downtown Edmundston, N.B., Canada - 2013
SEED CATCHERS, Janeville, N.B., Canada - 2014
SEED CATCHERS, St-John River, New-Brunswick - 2013

SEED CATCHER, Miscou Island, NB, Canada - 2015

PROCESS:  With the advent of genetically modified seeds, seed patents and terminator seeds which create sterile plants, the act of saving seeds is threatened as well as the foundamental nature of plants. On the other hand, invasive and non indigenous plants, such as the heracleum mantegazzianum (commonly known as giant hogweed), threatens the equilibrium of ecosystems and biodiversity.  It's sap is toxic.  Upon contact, it can provoke second degree burns.  It is not native to the Americas.

The "Seed Catchers" stand in a way as to bring about a dialogue on environmental issues: the weakening of ecosystems, loss of plants with their unique, therapeutic and medicinal properties, the disappearance of varieties of plants that are indispensable, in symbiosis or closely associated to other life forms.  

The catchers are created with reclaimed materials.  My hope is to plant a seed in the minds of people, a seed that will lead to question oneself on the future of plant life. 

SEED CATCHERS, Janeville, N.B., Canada - 2014
SEED CATCHERS, St-John River, N.B. - 2013
SEED CATCHERS, Roy & Sons Farm, Clément-Roy Road, N.B., Canada - 2013

Exhibition SEED CATCHERS at the FAVA 2014.

INSPIRATION:  My love for seeds started at a very young age. I vividly remember the day my mother put a dried flower in the palm of my hand.  As I cracked the desiccated shell, minuscule pearls of life escaped from the quasi mummified flower head.  I was amazed!  After that, I observed with great curiosity my mother, aunts and grandmother sharing seeds.  They each had their own method of transport and exchange.  Sometimes they would give or trade; they would use cotton handkerchiefs, paper envelopes or small bottles that miraculously sprouted from their purses.  They even deposited entire dried flower heads in the pockets of their sweaters.

Seeds are deeply sown in my heart and in my everyday life.  To this day, I tend to a wide variety of flowers and herbs, fruit trees and grow a big vegetable garden with many heirloom plants. I support local seed enthusiasts, also gather and give seeds whenever possible.  I also share my knowledge and passion for plants whenever I can.

"Seed Catchers", Joseph-Morneault Road, NB, Canada - 2014
"Seed Catchers" near downtown Edmundston - 2013
"Seed Catchers", Miscou Island, NB, Canada - 2015

The Seed Collector by Jean Aucoin, New Brunswick Botanical Garden

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