Hand cut paper, synthetic polymer paint on Awagami paper with gesso and inkjet-printed quote.
Paper size: 52 x 42cm
Photo: Carl Warner. Courtesy of the artist and Onespace Gallery.
During residency at Youkobo Art Space Tokyo in 2017, I had open studio for five days. Over tea I conversed with visitors and asked them to complete a short questionnaire. Two questions asked for a description of their garden if they had one, or green space they visit if not; and values they felt plants contribute in their everyday lives. When I returned home I asked friends to complete the same questionnaire. I was interested to see similarities and differences in response – to form a cultural exchange or conversation about what green space and plants mean to us.
I visited a friend on the Gold Coast and remembered this quote, said in conversation, whilst being shown around their garden. Weeds in a subtropical climate can be a challenge to maintaining an ordered garden. The expression that concrete would be the solution, made an interesting connection to comments from Tokyo residents.
This intricate and perhaps aesthetically pleasing papercut of rank grass brings up the question – ‘When is a plant a weed?’