Bloom Riot Farm is an outdoor art laboratory, and urban flower farm in Northeast Baltimore, MD. Having studied, and worked in both the Fine Arts, and Horticulture industries, a parallel has always existed between the two in the application of color, texture, space, composition, and perhaps most importantly time. The mission of this project is to create a cross-disciplinary environment in my front yard, where the relationship between urban organic farming, a sustainable art studio, beautification, and community engagement are being investigated. This project is currently a work-in-progress to be developed over two phases.
Bloom Riot Farm: Phase 1 The Conversion (Summer 2014)
The main agenda of this phase is the transformation of turf to farmable land, to be used for research, inspiration, and financial support. In March 2014, the soil was tilled, compost added, and in April seedlings were planted.
In the relatively short period of time since this project began, BRF has received overwhelmingly positive neighborhood support, and has reinforced the personal meaningfulness of working with a larger community. Impromptu garden tours have been given, strangers have stopped by to tell stories, ask questions or offer advice, and new gardens are emerging all around.
Bloom Riot Farm: Phase 2 Frankenflowers (Summer 2015)
Frankenflowers, is a series of visual speculations (stop motion animations, projection mapped garden sculptures, and a digital herbarium) where each part investigates future adaptations of genetically altered plant life. The flowers will be "planted" in the garden but will mutate and emerge throughout the City of Baltimore
Frankenflowers are directly inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and by the experimental 1991 “fish tomato”, a genetically engineered tomato which included a modified gene from a breed of arctic flounder. Although this tomato was never commercially produced, it contributes to an ongoing ethical dilemma surrounding the boundaries of the technological and natural worlds. This is especially true if you allow your mind to imagine all the different ways a tomato grown with fish genes might mutate once grown in fields, greenhouses, and in backyards all across the country. The Frankenflower project is rooted in these wanderings.