雑草ZASSO - Plants in the Wrong Place

This page highlights the works I have made focusing on weeds - plants which are considered pests. I think that Weeds are poetic: they are often shared between countries, they are tenacious survivors and they are beautiful plants that mostly go unnoticed.

I consider weeds a part of the landscape - I don't exclude them because they are not native plants. Real life is complex and messy, our environment is also complicated. I want to celebrate that beautiful diversity.

'Beautiful Weeds of Canberra' 2017. On display at ANCA Gallery, Canberra for solo exhibition "Naturescapes"

"Beautiful Weeds of Canberra - Japanese Honeysuckle" 2016. Eucalyptus and chemical dyes on recycled Kimono silk.

"Blue Passionflower" 2016. Yuzen on organza.

"My Weeds are Your Weeds are Our Weeds" 2017. Exhibited in New York, Canberra and Kyoto. Depicts weed species shared by all three locations.

Detail from "My Weeds are Your Weeds are Our Weeds", American Pokeweed. 2017

Details from "Beautiful Weeds of Canberra". Yuzen and Katazome on silk. 2017

"Weeds in the Landscape" 2017. Eucalyptus and chemical dye on silk.

Wild Fennel Stencils 2017.  These are the katagami stencils I cut to make the work "Along the Murrumbidgee". They are just a tool in the process but they are beautiful too. Dpeicts Wild Fennel, which is a weed in Canberra. On display at "Naturescapes" solo exhibition, Canberra, 2017.