invaders archive
2013 - ongoing

I am making an Invaders Archive. The archive has been set up to collect and hold information about invasive plant species. It covers subjects ranging from science and ecology to culture and folklore; human influence and climate change to art and design.
This is an ongoing project.

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Collecting Giant Hogweed
Heracleum mantegazzianum specimens for
the Invaders Archive in July 2014.

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Invaders Archive Limited Edition 2016
Edition of 5
Each hand screen printed box contains three individual seeds in resin: Giant Hogweed
Heracleum mantegazzianum, Buddleja Buddleja davidii, Himalayan Balsam Impatiens glandulifera.
Box size: 12 x 9 x 3cm
Seed in resin size: 3cm diameter

chesney hogweed print
Giant Hogweed Seeds
Heracleum mantegazzianum
Screen print 2015. 59 x 42 cm

chesney balsam print
Himalayan Balsam Seeds
Impatiens glandulifera
Screen print 2015. 59 x 42 cm

chesney buddleja print
Buddleja Seeds Buddleja davidii
Screen print 2015. 59 x 42 cm

hogweed plaster
Giant Hogweed Stems Heracleum mantegazzianum
Plaster, each 6.5 x 3.5cm 2016

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Japanese Knotweed Fallopia japonica
Plaster, 17 x 30 cm 2016

Installation view of screen prints and plaster casts from the
Invaders Archive at the Brownfield Research Centre in AirSpace Gallery 2018.

Buddleja Seeds Buddleja davidii
Plaster, each 6mm 2016

Invaders Archive (Darmstadt Edition) 2018
In summer 2018 I was commissioned to make the
Invaders Archive (Darmstadt Edition) in Germany. In collaboration with ceramicist Jean-Francois Paquay I collected, dried and burnt six invasive plant species found in the forest in Darmstadt. Handmade clay tiles were glazed with the plant ashes, fired and then installed in the forest beside specimens of the plants collected. The six species collected were Japanese Knotweed, Acacia, Canadian Goldenrod, Douglas Fir, Black Cherry and Tree of Heaven.

Black Cherry ash glazed tile installed under a black cherry tree
(photograph by Florian Schneider)
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Acacia ash glazed tile installed under an acacia tree
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Acacia ash glazed tile
(photograph by Florian Schneider)

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