The artist’s own contaminated blood supply serves as a source of nitrogen-giving fertilizer to the common dandelion, itself a source of medicinal and nutritive value. The artist can give to the dandelions what would be a danger to any human, in a reciprocal plant-human exchange of sustenance.
Performance with dandelions & drawn human blood. Photograph by Alia Farid
· Center for Biotechnology & Interdisciplinary Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY (2007)
· Multispecies, Playspace Gallery, California College of the Arts (2008)
· And Things of That Nature, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA (2009)
Life Cycle of a Common Weed (2008-09)
The public is solicited to fertilize dandelions with their blood, in exchange for dandelion root tea and seedlings. The collective pooling of blood from the audience transforms Life Cycle of a Common Weed into a site for the private and public to converge; a space to encounter and analyze anxieties. Intimate dialogue is a natural consequence of this interface.