I’m inspired by the resilience of weeds. I look for them in the cracks of the sidewalks near the walls I’m about to paint, and then I portray them at a scale that is certainly bigger than the attention we pay them.
“Weeds” is the bad name given to plants found in the wrong place at the wrong time.
I’m reclaiming that name, as being a weed has little to do with a plant’s intrinsic value: in the streets I find invasive species as well as benign wildflowers; medicinal herbs and plants of no use to us at all. I find them beautiful regardless, and I paint them all.
That is why I created some of these murals as on-site animations: to let the paintings not just BE, but ACT like weeds! To do this, I paint each stem and leaf in 1cm increments, photographed over hours and days.