Teagan White
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Ornamental

Paintings for my solo show "Ornamental" at Gallery Nucleus.

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Slough” | 16" x 20"  |  gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil on paper

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Ornamental” | 14" x 18"  |  gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil on paper

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Unravel” | 9" x 12"  |  gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil on paper

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Wither” | 9" x 12"  |  gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil on paper

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Wilted” and “Waned” | 8" x 10"  |  gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil on paper

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Shed” | 9" x 12"  |  gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil on paper

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Shrivel” | 9" x 12"  |  gouache, watercolor, and colored pencil on paper

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ORNAMENTAL

GALLERY nucleus
LOS ANGELES, CA
AUGUST 2019


My solo show Ornamental explores the pervasiveness of exotic ornamental plants in gardens and neighborhoods, their displacement of native plants and wildlife habitat, and the arbitrary value judgements that arise when our understanding of the species around us is uprooted from any meaningful relationship with local ecology.⁣

In the work, beloved varieties of ornamental plants are viewed alongside the bodies of the few animals that are able to subsist within our sterile and carefully curated yards and urban spaces. Their corpses interrupt wallpaper-like compositions and dangle amid the blossoms like perverse decorations.⁣

As the pieces for this show came together I moved into a house with a yard and began gardening for the first time. Informed by our attempts to convert this neglected rental property into the start of a native plant garden and wildlife habitat, these paintings are part tribute to the melancholy beauty of the dying, pest-ridden plants that have come into my care, and part condemnation of the mindset of control and colonization that permeates the way we shape the stolen land we live on in our choices of what to sow and who to poison.