Dispersal

Series of photographic portraits exploring the form and function of seed dispersal. Individually, each work is a fine art portrait illustrating the architecture of a fruit (seed pod). Collectively, the series reveals the staggering diversity of textures, colors, and forms that species have evolved in pursuit of survival and reproduction. I have collected all specimens myself, either in the wild or at participating botanic gardens and arboreta. Selected exhibitions & commissions include the Royal Botanic Garden Kew, London; Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University; University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley; Los Angeles Natural History Museum.  

Southern magnolia ( Magnolia grandiflora)

Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)

Entire Series (2009-present)

From the first autumn in Los Angeles to a spring in London, the full catalogue of specimens collected throughout the world and photographed for my Dispersal project.

Cupid’s dart ( Catanache caerulea )

Cupid’s dart (Catanache caerulea)

University of Calif, Berkeley Botanical Garden

I collected all specimens on site, in various season of 2013, 2014, 2015. In January 2017 I hung a solo show at the Garden, in the Julia Morgan Hall, Berkeley, California.

Golden rain tree ( Koelreuteria paniculata )

Golden rain tree (Koelreuteria paniculata)

Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University

I collected all specimens on site, primarily in autumn and winter of 2010, 2011, and 2012. In October 2013 a solo show, Dispersal: Arnold Arboretum, was exhibited in the Hunnewell Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts.

Hawaiian prickly poppy ( Argenome glauca )

Hawaiian prickly poppy (Argenome glauca)

Hawaii

Collected in the wild and at gardens in Hawaii in 2012.

Japanese fatsis ( Fatsia japonica )

Japanese fatsis (Fatsia japonica)

Southern California

Collected in Southern California, in the wild and in gardens, between 2009 and 2017.

Clematis sp.

Clematis sp.

Various locations

Collected in London, southern France, northern Iraq, and elsewhere, between 2009 and 2017.


Published

I’ve written about the Dispersal photographs for the following publications:

INKQ, a large-format quarterly newspaper about science & art, “Dispersal” // Issue 02 June 2018

Arnoldia: Magazine of the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard“Dispersal” // Volume 71, no. 2. Autumn 2013

Harvard Magazine // Jan 2014 “The Sorcery of Seedpods” (interview & video) 

Evolve, Journal of The Ecology Center“Seed Pods as Shelter” // Issue 09 Spring 2014

HYMN: Fear, the Laboratory Arts Collective, "Death in the Garden" // Issue IV 2014

Print. The Dispersal series was first published as a series of blog articles in Print magazine, "Botany Blueprint" // 2011-2012

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