Artwork > 29.3 Days

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A California Prickly Pear Cactus (opuntia; cactaceae) was scarred with a knife and placed in a darkroom. For 29.3 days an intervalometer was set to take a photograph every 30 minutes. The resulting 1,407 images track the scarred cactus pad (cladode) scabbing over and healing itself. In a darkroom with no water or natural light, the cactus heals its wounds. The video plays in a 2-minute loop and the scarred cactus has been replanted and continues to grow. This project explores the cactus as a symbol for nature’s ability to provide and adapt, as well as our human inability to remove ourselves and our destructive tendencies from our systems of exploration and understandings. (Installation shots: Root Division's Back To The Garden exhibition & Studio 104's Vacancy show).