Kentucky Bluegrass sod, grass paint, poplar_24” x 48” x 5”_2015
Grass Painting is a monochrome made using Californian Xtreme Green Grass paint on dead Kentucky Bluegrass sod. The work is in direct dialogue with Robert Rauschenberg’s lost Growing Painting from 1953 for the Stable Gallery in New York. Rauschenberg came with a watering can to tend to the work daily, with the notion that if the grass were to die, so too would the painting. Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis) is an invasive grass species in the prairies that acts as a carpet blocking out other kinds of diverse growth. The use of this particular grass in combination with the Californian grass paint raises questions around complex ecological concepts as they relate to drought, global warming, colonialism, aesthetics, and moralism.