Something Worth Doing
Something Worth Doing is a playful reflection on the objects we surround ourselves with and the comfort they provide, both physically and psychologically. From foam mattress toppers and massage tools purchased online, to cardboard boxes, natural materials, and inherited objects, the care in selecting and displaying these things belies the fact that they are not altogether precious. This raises questions of value and meaning in relation to consumerism and commodification, as well as the things we save.
Something Worth Doing was my second solo exhibition with Hamiltonian Artists in Washington, DC.
The most notable aspect of a cottonwood seed is the fact that it floats through the air on the delicate white fluff that surrounds it. The seeds are densely compacted in barky buds about the size of a pea, which dangle in clusters from the tree branches. Released in early summer; they decorate the sky like a fairytale–especially on sunny days where they glint in the light, almost glittering. They collect along the edges of lakes and lawns, creating fuzzy white borders like the lines on a map.You’ll find them anywhere there are cottonwood trees, which generally grow near water; their rustling leaves almost mimicking the sound of a babbling brook. When I was a child, my family camped at a state park filled with these trees. The scent still transports me–sunny sweet with a hint of dried dirt.
Cottonwood seeds could be compared to dandelions, whose seeds children use to make wishes before dispersing them to the wind. They are romantic in that way and carry with them a sense of yearning and wonder. I wish there were more of them where I live now, but maybe I just don’t know where to find them.