FRUIT&ROT

FRUIT&ROT is an imprint that collaborates with artists, writers, and educators to design simple but thoughtful printed matter centered around ecology and our relationship to the natural world.


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I Talk to the Wind

Risograph-printed
Edition of 100 (no longer available)
11x17”
Double-sided
Artist: Jean Brennan, 2017


This risograph-printed broadsheet integrates ecologist Richard Karban’s research on airborne communication in sagebrush plants* with Marianne von Willemer’s love poem to Goethe that addresses the wind.

It also served as a score for a live performance at Sagehen Creek Field Station in Tahoe National Forest. Audience members, along with incognito performers, were guided along a path, and onto a foot bridge where they discovered stacks of the broadsheets. Silk scrims dyed with sagebrush, wolf lichen and lodgepole pine bark, harvested on site, set the stage for a reading, in the round, of the poem Suleika I. 

*Inspired by ecologist Richard Karban’s research on airborne communication in sagebrush plants, leading to resiliency in the species: Damage-Induced Resistance in Sagebrush: Volatiles are Key To Intra- and Interplant Communication by Richard Karban, Kaori Shiojiri, Mikaela Huntzinger, and Andrew C. McCall