Back To Nature: collecting the preserved garden

A museum installation commissioned jointly in 2003/04 by the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and Grand Arts, Back To Nature addresses the loss of habitat for native plants as the result of encroachment, development and environmental degradation.

The “off-the-grid” greenhouse, which features an artist-designed solar power system, hosts plants that were organically grown from seed by the artist and represent many species currently listed as threatened, endangered or species of special concern; at the exhibition’s close, all plant specimens were gifted to local gardeners.

Large color transparencies represent amateur floral oil paintings contained in the artist’s personal collection, and bear witness to the historical significance of plants in everyday life.