Seed Catchers

Travelling, migrating ephemeral installations …

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 heracleum mantegazzianum, threatens the equilibrium of ecosystems and biodiversity.  It’s sap is toxis.  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.

Seeds are deeply sown in my heart and 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.  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.

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.

My love for seeds started as a young child.  I still recall the day my mother placed a dried flowerhead in my hand.  The flower head appeared nearly mummified, but as I cracked it open, tiny pears of life emerged.  I was amazed!

Following that, I watched with great curiosity my mother, aunts and grandma sharing seeds.  They would give or trade and use as containers cotton handkerchiefs, paper envelopes or tiny bottles
that magically sprouted from their purses!

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