LUCIE HAVEL

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HOW I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE ENEMY - the Japanse knotweed project

Since 2018, the Japanese Knotweed is the base of my work. This plant is known for the problems it causes worldwide. It grows through concrete and road paving and damages foundations, sewerage and infrastructure. It is still nearly impossible to exterminate knotweed and a lot of research is devoted to this subject. This typical case of nature versus culture soon caught my attention, since my work concentrates on issues like this. The goal of this research is to learn to use the knotweed as a material and to apply it in my visual work. Through my art I wish to propose an alternative for our exploitative stance regardingour environment. I also want to use this research to find a new relation between my thought process and the visual art that results from it.

This project is partly financed through the O&O grant of the CBK Rotterdam.

Materials

Processing

The plant