I never liked drawing or painting flowers. Drawing something that is stereotypically pretty to make a stereotypically pretty drawing is... well its pretty boring. But think about the difference between a rose and a dandelion... To draw a weed is far more fun. These things people are just trying to get rid of and there i am frolicking about "I drew you a weed do you like it??"...or at least thats how i imagine myself around angry gardeners everywhere.
Dandelion 1/3 VE, Waterless Lithography, 2006
Above is the first piece i did that included a weed. Weeds became a reoccurring theme, that expanded into fungus, moss, lichen barnacles and choral. This obsession followed me for 8 months before I had the idea for abnormal canvas growth. I have all these pictures i took on my cell phone of rotting logs and mushrooms to help me invent paint-weeds that 'increase the value of the infected fabric'. I had to make a guide... the whole idea came from 'Ontario Weeds'.
So here are some of the pictures and text from A Guide to Abnormal Canvas Growth:
Fighter Turkey Tails are part of the pistacia family. These growths have a violet oval exoskeleton (approx. 2cm long and 1cm wide) attached to canvas by a hinge of red substance at the topmost part of the shell. Inside each shell there are three red bulb ended antennae that, when open, protrude downwards from under the shell. When the shell is fully open a red doughnut shaped eye (5mm in diameter) is visible. Aggressive in nature, these growths have a tendency to grow on and destroy other canvas growths. Although these growths can be found on any part of the canvas they have a particular attraction to the colour green.
Gator Pools are gypsid based growths common to the mid to lower regions of the canvas. Dwelling commonly in groups, they are recognisable by their circular pool-like appearance (2-6cm in diameter) with light green protruding perimeter and dark green centres. The protruding perimeters of Gator Pools are hard, brittle and uneven. The sides are sloped inconsistently with some semblance to a mountain range. The darker green that resides inside the circular perimeter also can be found around these pool shapes and dripping down the canvas.
Spotted Dyehole Peeper
The Spotted Dyehole Peeper is a burrowing low density elastomic growth commonly found in the mid to upper regions of the canvas. These growths live primarily under the canvas burrowing dark blue holes through the fabric. The Peeper at maturity (approx. 5cm wide) is a deep purple lumpy creature with white spots and several green poacaedic stems sprouting from its lower regions. Typically two of the poacaedic stems are much longer (approx. 20cm long) and brown unlike the shorter (approx, 4cm long) green poacaedic stems. The base of the Peeper has a couplet of magenta sepals. The Peeper is also often topped with pairs of eye like seeds.
The Tomato Ear is part of the seedillad family known to travel openly throughout open areas of the canvas. The main part of this growth resembles a slice of a small tomato: red, 1mm thick with inner pouches of seeds. This section is sheltered by a pink leaf (approx. 4cm long). The Tomato Ear has a frayed black tail releasing several tiny round spores.