on Hemptone paper by French Paper Co.
Edition of 50
Artist: Jean Brennan, 2021

In the U.S. and Europe, Japanese Knotweed is one of the most hated non-native plants for the damage it can cause to an ecosystem, and yet there is no away—eradication is impossible. This project—through video, writing, image-making, and ethnobotanical uses like natural dyeing—seeks to complicate our understanding of the plant and the terminology (invasive, non-native) that “others” not only the species, but also the cultures and places from which it comes. The collage and prose shown here accompany a 5-minute video of an immersive encounter with the plant and the zine, Nectar. Created during a residency at Subcircle in Biddeford, Maine.