japanese knotweed, invasive ivy, beet juice, iron hook, twine, dry ice
displayed at COLLECTIVE SKIN (Frame Gallery, Nov 30 2018, Heidi Wiren Bartlett)

Japanese knotweed is an invasive species that quickly takes root and changes the ground it inhabits so others cannot tolerate it. It is an imperialist plant that consumes past the point of symbiosis. Knotweed has a large underground network of roots; to eradicate the plant, the roots need to be killed. All above-ground portions of the plant must be controlled repeatedly for several years in order to weaken and kill the entire patch.

Haunch bleeds, clots on ice on knotweed. Ice evaporates, clot stands alone.

Photos by Stephen Solomon