The everyday garden began after I salvaged a discarded houseplant left on the side of the road. It was not much more than a cage of roots and the stalk, devoid of anything green or even dirt. I began doing more photographic studies of my neglected and root bound houseplants. During this process I became fascinated by the root structures. I have always been heavily influenced by metaphysics. Almost immediately I saw the root bound plants as a metaphor for existence and used this project as a tool to facilitate personal sovereignty.
I began casting everyday objects I saw as representing fundamental desires or notions. I utilize this negative as a container into which to grow a plant, then record its life and ultimate suffocation under the conditions of being root bound. The series as a whole was an action taking about 5 years.
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By Francis Baker