Work in progress- Air Potato Vine - Invasive
This is my current iteration of the Forest Silhouette series. Upon a recent visit back to my hometown South Florida I decided to take a nature walk and photograph. I found myself walking into what I can only describe as a magical fairy forest. Lush and green, the light streaming in to illuminate miles and miles of heart shaped vines coating everything. The vine enveloped every bush, palm and even climbed to the top of the trees. What initially felt magical started to feel odd. I did not recognize this vine from my childhood and its loving embrace seemed to be so suffocating. I later learned that this was an invasive species called the Air Potato Vine. The reality was the vine was choking everything in its path. This vine has found its way not just to South Florida but also in my new home of Southeast Texas. Where it is the worst in South Florida my hope is this work can act as a visual warning for the viewer. A way to help them more easily recognize this plant and to use my talents as an artist to allow this knowledge to penetrate one’s mind more deeply.
In these works, I use the reflection of color to highlight the areas of the image where the air potato vine is. I picked a neon pink color as a visual marker because it is something unnatural and almost toxic looking. With each image in this collection the color/vine slowly engulfs the landscape.
Where these are work in progress my intention is to develop another much larger work to add to this collection. One that is almost the size of a person and to have the leaves fold away from the image so the glow will not just cover the wall but the viewer standing in front of the work as well. I would also like to break from the rectangular confines of the photographic frame and create a series of installation works that would in some way would allow this vine to envelop the space itself.
Learn more about the Air Potato Vine (Dioscorea bulbifera)