Lecture "Invasive Pigment" by Ellie Irons, Residency Artist.

Art as Environment: A Cultural Action at the Plum Tree Creek

Our residency artist, Ellie Irons will show what she did in Taiwan!

Topic: Invasive Pigments 
Time: 2017/07/31 (Mon.) 19:30~21:00
Venue: Etat Forum (No.160, Sec. 1, Jianguo S. Rd., Da’an Dist., Taipei City)
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◆ Speaker:Ellie Irons
◆ Intro:
Join artist and educator Ellie Irons for a talk and demonstration relating to her ongoing artistic research into the wild plants that live with us in urban environments. While often described as "weeds" and ignored or actively killed for the purposes of maintenance and cleanliness in the city, our spontaneous urban plant neighbors have much to offer: from stories of migration and adaptation to benefits like soil remediation, pollinator attraction, and of course oxygen production. Irons engages with these plants by collecting their petals, leaves and berries to make paint for her ongoing "Invasive Pigments" project. Here in Taiwan her project is reversed: plants that are native to the United States are migrant plants here, and some are considered invasive, while many plants that are native to Taiwan live in the streets on New York City. Irons will tell the stories of some of these plants, like Asiatic dayflower (Commelina communis) and pokeweed (Phytolacca Americana) and will also demonstrate her traditionally-derived process for making them into watercolor paints.

◆ About Speaker

Ellie Irons is an artist and educator based in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She works in a variety of media, from walks to WIFI, to reveal how human and nonhuman lives intertwine with other earth systems. Recently she has been in residence at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, the Headlands Center and the SVA Nature Lab. Her work has been part of recent group exhibitions exploring contemporary environmental issues, including Social Ecologies, Emergent Ecologies, and the ongoing Chance Ecologies project. Her projects have been featured at The Queens Museum, Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, Pratt Manhattan Gallery and William Paterson University. Her writing has appeared in Temporary Art Review, The Brooklyn Rail and Landscape Architecture Futures. In 2015 she received a NYFA Fellowship and a Turbulence Commission. Currently, she is a residency artist in Bamboo Curtain Studio and the fellow of ACC in 2017.


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