July 30th, 2016
I am exploring displacement and resettlement through identifying with the replantation of ornamental plants and their adaptation to a new environment. My experience of leaving my country caused an emptiness in my life which left me gloomy and melancholy.
My relationship with my plants surpasses a diversion, because just when I thought I would never settle in the U.S., my plants taught me how to remain beautiful and strong while struggling to grow roots and adapt to a new home. Through this process, I experienced a renewed vitality as well as a strong desire to emulate this. In this exhibition, I deal with the idea of resettlement by cutting and replanting mainly succulents, while thinking of certain aesthetic values: the process of dropping leaves, not growing for a while, and starting to grow young leaves one by one, knowing all along a great deal of effort is being made by the plant beneath the surface.
This exhibition came to realization mainly to share the effort that it takes for plants to adapt and grow in their new homes in the same way an émigré copes with nostalgia and homesickness while adapting to their new ecosystem. This exhibition calls for us all, from time to time, to listen to Nature’s Cadence.