Gallery - Small Wonders
Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has
been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed
there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.
- Henry David Thoreau
While earning my Bachelor of Science in Horticulture in Guelph, I had the great privilege of working at the University’s Arboretum. One of my favourite assignments was maintenance of the International Seed Collection. Through the summers I kept an eye on designated tree species, in order to harvest pods, fruit and catkins at the perfect moment. After collecting and processing, the seeds were stored in ideal conditions, waiting to be sent to international destinations on request. I became fascinated with the sheer diversity of forms, which required surprising creativity to harvest, extract and store to maintain viability.
But even more, in handling these delicate, messy, fluffy or smelly little beings, I began to respect the enormous role they play in carrying forth the collective past of a species. I have not lost this sense of wonder with seeds, and with this exhibition, presented at Grimsby Public Art Gallery in September, 2008, I created these two series in order to share my passion.
Click on the categories below to view the collections.