Selected for Success (2019) looks to expose how our experience of nature is mediated by the process of commodification. Each plant within the exhibition is patented. The patent owners reserve the right to control the growth and distribution of these natures. The scenes interrogate nativism, othering, and ornamentation. Plant industry marketing speak such as “low maintenance” fabricates a dependency between plant and consumer. An automated irrigation system maintains these plants, creating an “artificial sustainability.”

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