Into the Weeds 2017/18 at North Dakota Museum of Art

Alter of the Immigrants and the Bowl of Give and Take

10 Tea toned cyanotype photograms. Poplar and Basswood table, Black Walnut Bowl

All plants were grown and collected from my garden where I collect English immigrant plants. 

Valerian. European native, valued in Ancient Greece and Rome, valued by the poor in England and Scotland. Sedative.

St John’s Wort. Imported as an ornamental, now invasive in CT. Medicinal, now used for anxiety and mood.

Burdock. Also known as the “great clot burr.” Arrived with cattle and bedding. Arrived 1672. Edible root. Troublesome for sheep when caught in wool. Invasive.

Scotch Thistle. Arrived 1759 in bedding. Edible, medicinal, used for heart medicine. Troublesome for sheep when caught in wool. Invasive.

Scotch Broom. (Birdsfoot Trefoil) Medicinal, a heart medicine. Arrived 1760’s, imported as an ornamental. Invasive.

White clover. Medicinal, used as a blood purifier, eyewash. Used for animal feed, soil improvement. A nitrogen setter. 

Purslane. Used as a vegetable since 1700’s. 

Oxeye Daisy. Imported as ornamental 1759. Invasive.

Mullein. Imported in 1750’s,  Medicinal use as anti inflammatory, skin disorders, and a dye. Also used as insecticide. Kills fish.

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