I Will Squat in the Dirt and Grow Flowers

HomeBase Lab Artist Residency Berlin, 2013

Created in dialogue with artist Hanae Utamura

I Will Squat in the Dirt and Grow Flowers, HomeBase BUILD Artist Residency, Berlin, 2013, photo credit Eyal Dinar and Naja Sayej
Photos by Eyal Dinar, Nadja Sayej, and Grzegorz Lepiarz

I Will Squat in the Dirt and Grow Flowers¬†airs private treasures throuThe piece digs through questions of in/visibility, transplantation, uprooting, containment, concealment, and recycling inhabitance. I am offering a channel for the many ghosts and incarnations that inhabit the physical material (architecture, composted dirt, body.) Through the movement of these elements I create ‘action paintings,’ revealing layers of imprints through windows and cracks, activating the HomeBase greenhouse as a sphere for growth abandoned in winter and turned inside out.

Video footage by Gabriel Loeb, Editing by Judy Landkammer

The piece digs through questions of in/visibility, transplantation, uprooting, containment, concealment, and recycling inhabitance. I am offering a climate to peer into, a channel for the many ghosts and incarnations that inhabit the physical material of the architecture, composted soil, and site. Through the movement of my body among these elements I create ‘action paintings,’ revealing layers of imprints made by soil.

Shelley passing plant through window in greenhouse to audience/participant Hanae