I have always had a fascination with greenhouses. I view them as an oxymoron, full of bright and vivacious flora, yet so manicured and controlled. A house full of nature kept separate from nature. Greenhouse Lane is an exploration of a complex of greenhouses and the incredibly diverse life they foster within. The series is an attempt to highlight the tidy order and control of greenhouses, while also illustrating the immense work a greenhouse exerts to nurture the life they exist to cultivate.
Through repetitive colors and shapes, various images in the series highlight the mass repetition gardeners implement to produce bulk amounts of flowers, vegetables, and greenery. Various spaces in a greenhouse are utilized to gain maximum output of flora per square foot. Hanging baskets line the length of the houses hovering above wide shelves full of small pots. The multitude of little seedlings with the same types of leaves and blooms create a sea-like effect. Additionally, the numerous rows of planters bring about a sense of calm and satisfaction. The repetitive round shapes of nature within, juxtaposed with the straight lines of the greenhouse’s manmade aspects accentuate the unnatural domestication of the natural world. Other images highlight the strain these greenhouses have placed on them to create such a controlled and separate climate. Erosion, rust, and dying plants symbolize this struggle. The seemingly perfect manicured rows slowly reveal imperfect grids and struggling plants. Pipes with rust and shattered clay drains show the slow but inevitable surrender of the greenhouse to its product - nature.
In a way, a greenhouse aims to create perfection. It hopes to construct the optimal environment for plants to grow to their peak height, color, foliage, etc. They foster beautiful flora found throughout our natural, wild earth but seek to tame and organize this wild. A greenhouse is its own biosphere, fabricated to create life the way we want it to exist rather than the way it is. However, even the nature within a greenhouse starts to fight back. Greenhouse Lane is my commentary on this world within a world and the various struggles that coexist in its creation.