Sentire (Grow), 2017, film exposures of grow operations in Denver, Colorado.
Depicting plants with a dynamic history and usage for over 1000s of years had me consider the way natural phenomena is looked at and categorized through framing resources in relationship to acceptable and unacceptable human behavior. With an interest in the spectrum of human experience, I wanted to focus on formal beauty and structure of the plants.
The structure of the natural world and that of the legal world can impart upon boundaries of individual lived experience relates with my interest for the internal landscapes where feeling and psyche connect. I began to meditate on the long view of the plant’s history, cultural attitudes, and wonder who stands to gain and lose? And can we ever know the generational consequences of the boundaries we impose today?
Considering spectrums of human experience have histories of systemic manipulation (prohibition) to the service of ideals at a potential loss of sensitivity or psyche. At the same time, different bodies can develop psychosis or detachment with reality. The consequences come to a pivotal ethical and moral area of trust and responsibility.
Having a heightened sensitivity to experience and internal landscape, I personally steer away from usage, but began to wonder about the limiting ideas I hold around the plant, where they come from, and wanted to better understand why its use would be so internationally controversial.
The places marijuana grows in Afghanistan, Canada, China, Colombia, India, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Paraguay, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United States. In all these places, human experience vastly differs based on the diversity of cultural, biologic, and geographic differences. In seeking any kind of red thread, I research the etymological meanings of words. This process is a tool I use in every series of images I make for a project, commissioned or personally motivated. The latin root of sensitive is, sentire: to feel, or perceive by the senses. The word sentire, being so old, it feels at once freer from the cultural associations to the word sensitive. The combination of words and images is important to guide focus on individual histories related to political narratives in health institutions, and corporate or national regulation.
In considering relationships between Vision and Body, Sentire (“feel perceive”) becomes a way for the connection to individual life, voice, and creative agency. Without any doubt, the images portray a beauty of an plant bearing the projections of rising tensions in internet commodity markets. As people work with an increasing dynamic of systemic complexes after industrialisation, destabilised by developments in technology, the reach for sensitivity makes complete sense. To what boundary can a regulatory body decide for individual bodies relationships with themselves. This plant serves a strong symbol of the places and spaces of agency and profit.