LORRAINE WALSH
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ASCLEPIAS: The Milkweed

Digital prints, drawing, animation, 2009

Asclepias explores the impact of technology and mobile connectivity on our lives. As computers and networks sprout energetically across the world, I consider how technology functions in the ecosystem, enabling us to embody ideas while shifting social and personal interaction. The milkweed filaments are specifically germane for my project: they are mobile, lightweight, and port information. They transport seeds and propagate, much like ideas and knowledge.

The milkweed contains many folk-medicinal remedies. It is also toxic, containing cardiac glycosides poisonous to humans and livestock. Thus, milkweed may rejuvenate, or it may contaminate. Correlating technological innovations with this plant, we may consider that as technological products sprout up, or germinate, they provide nutrients for some and uncertainty for others.