Rebecca Chesney

Rebecca Chesney


Invaders Archive Ongoing (since 2013)

I am making an Invaders Archive. The Archive has been set up to collect and hold information about invasive plant species. It covers subjects ranging from science and ecology to culture and folklore; human influence and climate change to art and design. This is an ongoing project.

Rebecca Chesney Invaders Archive 01
Collecting Giant Hogweed Heracleum mantegazzianum specimens for the Invaders Archive in July 2014.

Rebecca Chesney Invaders Archive 02
Left: Giant Hogweed Seeds Heracleum mantegazzianum
Hand screen print 2015. 59 x 42 cm
Right: Buddleja Seeds Buddleja davidii
Hand screen print 2015. 59 x 42 cm

Invaders Archive (Darmstadt Edition) 2018
In summer 2018 I was commissioned to make the Invaders Archive (Darmstadt Edition) in Germany. In collaboration with ceramicist Jean-Francois Paquay, I collected, dried and burnt six invasive plant species found in the forest in Darmstadt. Handmade clay tiles were glazed with the plant ashes, fired and then installed in the forest beside specimens of the plants collected. The six species collected were Japanese Knotweed, Acacia, Canadian Goldenrod, Douglas fir, Black Cherry and Tree of Heaven.

Rebecca Chesney Invaders Archive 03

Rebecca Chesney Invaders Archive 04
Left: Acacia ash glazed tile installed under an acacia tree
Right: Black Cherry ash glazed tile installed under a black cherry tree (photograph by Florian Schneider)

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