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

Reynoutria japonica is an invasive species that quickly takes root and changes the ground it inhabits so others cannot tolerate it. It is a plant that consumes past the point of symbiosis. It is simply doing what it is supposed to do: survive.Knotweed has a large underground network of roots; to eradicate the plant, one must eradicate the roots. 

Collecting this knotweed, I witnessed a war frozen in time: kudzu and knotweed twisted in a battle of survival, halted by the frost.

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

Photos by Stephen Solomon