Living quietly on the roadside, in our gardens, in distant forests, on the neighbour’s balcony or in our living rooms, plants have sensory systems that defy imagination. Animals can choose their homes and mates, walk miles to find food and shelter, and fend off attacks. Plants are stationary and continue to develop in the face of difficulties and changing seasons with sophisticated strategies using nothing more than light and water.
“ … An elm tree has to know if its neighbour is shading it from the sun so that it can find its own way to grow toward the light that’s available. A head of lettuce has to know if there are ravenous aphids about to eat it up so that it can protect itself by making poisonous chemicals to kill the pests. A Douglas fir tree has to know if whipping winds are shaking its branches so that it can grow a stronger trunk… “
Daniel Chamovitz, What a Plant Knows: A Field Guide to the Senses, 2012
1.Four Seasons, Oil on Canvas, 30 x 20 cm each, 2019
2.Apple, Aquarelle on Paper, 14.5 x 10 cm, 2021
3.Silent Spring, Oil on Canvas, Diam. 130 cm, 2021