A surface is only as hard as its pores
2017 - ongoing
A surface is only as hard as its pores is a performance work in the form of a Ted-talk where I outline the relationships between houseplants, colonial desire and capture, and the inconsistencies of immigration policy in light of international trade and legacies of foreign imports. Drawing on a metaphor of the breath as an act of exchange that is embodied within the physiology of plant life from foreign locales, this work highlights the irony of exclusion of foreign nationals when such plant life offers us more than decor. As organisms that help to clean the air we breathe within domestic space, houseplants are adaptable biology that enable healthier, stronger, domestic spaces. Drawing on this analogy, immigrants and foreign nationals thus become necessary to the cultivation of a healthy nation.