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SEEDS: a conversation between me and my dead fig tree


"Teach me
to take
another season of change"

Produced as part of Community Supported Art with Rhizome DC and Guilded Freelancers Cooperative

SEEDS: a conversation between me and my dead fig tree 

is a conversation between person and plant in the form of a theatrical script.The plants, as a proxy for the natural world, are performers in conversation with those who purchase, read, and engage with the script. By producing the script in written, rather than spoken, form, the reader automatically becomes a performer, as much as an audience member.

Co-produced and illustrated by Leigh Sabisch, the script is printed on handmade, plantable, biodegradable paper embedded with wildflower seeds. Alternating between pages of Black-Eyed Susans and Evening Primrose, two species that are native to the Mid-Atlantic region, the planting of these seeds stimulates local ecosystems and helps to revive declining bee populations, a phenomenon which poses irreparable harm to life on Earth.

By giving the reader an action to participate in, the script becomes an individual ritual of reflection, healing, and communing with nature. As it is impossible to capture the feeling of live performance once it has passed, so too it is impossible to hold on to the feeling of the first daffodils of spring, the last sunny day in November. This text is intended to help the audience find peace with that fleeting ephemerality, to find joy in things that don’t last, and to re-examine the role of the individual and the human within the ecosystems we reside in.

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Over the last 20 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from local farms. With the same buy-local spirit in mind, Rhizome DC and Guilded Freelancers Cooperative are pleased to bring Community Supported Art to our community, to support local art, artists and collectors.

The goals of the CSA program are: to support artists and to create an engaged community of local arts supporters. This CSA supports artists in the creation of new work, establishes relationships with local collectors and patrons, and represents the launch of an exciting new model of art support and distribution. 

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