art, murals, illustration
Block Print illustration
They may be tiny yet they push through concrete. They are everywhere and yet unseen. But the more they get stepped on, the stronger they grow back.
This is a series of hidden mural paintings of weeds, created as a tribute to the resilience of all those beings who, like weeds, no one made room for, were not part of the plan, and yet keep coming back, pushing through and rising up.
I paint each weed gradually from bottom up in tiny increments, photographing each stage. With the resulting photos, I'm creating a series of short animated movies of giant weeds asserting their presence in a precarious environment.
This project is in progress. Stay tuned as it develops: join my Facebook page for future updates, and
please contact me if you would like to host a weed*, or would like to contribute in any way to this multimedia experiment.
with thanks to Will Thacher and Darryl Smith, San Francisco
with thanks to Khaled Olaibah and the Masjid Darussalam mosque, San Francisco. Click to see a few frames of the animation.
with thanks to Meret Bissegger and Roger Staub, in Malvaglia, Switzerland.
With thanks to Rupa, Tasos, Sophia, Dimitra at Nosotros social center, Athens, Greece.
*If you know of an awesome location for a weed, please let me know. Looking for weathered surfaces with a great surrounding view (and/or social context) that relates to the concept: untamed life breaking through, against the odds, in rebelliously beautiful ways.
© Mona Caron
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