Just Weeds, 2014-15, Watercolor, pencil, archival pigment print on paper, 30” x 45.
While the label weed has negative implications it may simply refer to wild plants growing in the wrong place, some of which become desirable when intentionally cultivated. Many weeds are in fact beneficial, having nutritional and medicinal properties or proving crucial to the survival of insects and flora in a specific habitat. Nevertheless, farmers use toxic pesticides to rid thistle from their fields, simultaneously poisoning the soil where crops are planted. Thistles, a large family of plants with many desirous as well as noxious characteristics, were the incentive for this painting..