8″ x 8″ x 8″, Glass, electronics, water, plant
Junior Return is a set of glass capsules that provide a miniature, computer controlled hydroponic environment; the plants’ roots are submerged in nutrient-infused water while LED lights supply the necessary illumination. The energy for all of this is supplied by a battery that is tethered to the unit.
The system keeps its enclosed plant in a dwarf state by supplying only enough resources to survive but not thrive. I kept a broccoli seedling alive for almost three years using this technique, and wanted to formalize this behavior in a device. The plant in this container could flourish in the most meager of environments, but would also be invisible to us in significance and aesthetic consideration.
The still life is a theme that embraces a contradiction: how does an artist represent in static form that which is time based and fleeting?