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Mike Fleming
Alfred University
Faculty Sponsor: Coral Lambert

Quivering Plant
House plant, mixed media
24 x 24 x 62 in.

Artist Statement

My current body of work investigates awareness and spectacle. In Quivering Plant (2013), I transform an ordinary houseplant into a strange medium by making it shake uncontrollably with no discernible cause. Normally considered to be inanimate objects, plants have complex lives that involve sophisticated motion and intelligent behavior. By exaggerating the houseplantís normal range of animation and purposefully hiding my manipulations, I encourage viewers to notice and reevaluate what they have chosen to ignore.