Disappearing Cavendish, 2017, Watercolor, archival pigment print on paper, framing plexiglass, 31” x 44”.
Cultivated bananas worldwide are in imminent danger of completely disappearing, damaged by fungal diseases. 500 million people depend on the fruit as a staple food. The global supply is threatened because industry growers have planted just one species, the Cavendish, across continents. The image depicts banana plants vanishing as they recede and the print on Plexiglas is of a line drawing of healthy bananas and it’s inflorescence.