Going On Without Us
Sarah Davidson, Daniel Griffin Hunt, and Emily Moriarty
Public Reception: Monday March 5, 1-6pm
Bovey Teaching Greenhouse, 601 Gordon Street, Guelph ON

“The onion loves the onion.
It hugs its many layers,
saying, O, O, O,
each vowel smaller
than the last.”
(Lorna Crozier, ‘The Sex Lives of Vegetables’)

Do plants care about art? How closely are they watching us? Are we too late to start listening?

Using the Bovey Teaching Greenhouse as a gallery space, three artists interpret the idea of plants as sensitive beings. The title of the exhibition alludes to the agency playfully accorded vegetables in Lorna Crozier’s poetry collection The Garden Going On Without Us. Where Crozier imagines the secret lives of plants, the artists of Going On Without Us toy variously with visions of a posthuman world: as a speculative fiction, philosophical argument, and allegory of the present.

The location of the exhibition suggests possibilities for cross-disciplinary conversation between art and other forms of research, and reflects the various investigations of the individual artists. By situating this project in a working greenhouse, they have foregrounded the vegetable kingdom to speak to ideas of intersectionality, synchronicity, and site-specificity central to each of their practices.

The E.C. Bovey Building is located on the southwest corner of the main Guelph campus. Built in 1991, the complex houses both faculty as well as research facilities. In addition, the Bovey complex includes an expansive network of greenhouses and growth room facilities, found west of the main lab/administrative buildings. The tropical greenhouse houses a collection of plants, including: Tropicals; Cacti; and Orchid Collection.

SARAH DAVIDSON works between drawing, painting, and sculpture to create compositions in which shadowy, biomorphic figures and delicate, foliated fragments mingle. Making reference to historical illustrations depicting the natural world, her works investigate bodies, nature, environment and the tangled webs which often bind them together. www.sarahdavidson.ca

DANIEL GRIFFIN HUNT makes sculpture, performance and video work. His practice deals with acts of subversion, inter-material-human relationships, and speculative research methods centered around sound, food and fun. www.danielgriffinhunt.com

EMILY MORIARTY’s current practice engages with concepts surrounding addiction, meditation, botanical gardens, posthumanism and plant agency through mediums of performance, sculpture and photography. Her work aims to neutralize boundaries between art and life through social practice, boredom, ritual, and games. www.emilymoriarty.com

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Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish

Puddle Popper (Sarah Davidson, Juli Majer, Sonja Ratkay and Melanie Thibodeau)

The New Gallery, Calgary

November 10—December 23, 2017

Opening reception is November 10 at 8PM. Admission is free and open to the public.


For this most recent collaborative effort, Puddle Popper has discussed wisdoms of bodies, and physical and narrative fragments. Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish is based on the model of past projects, where they collectively drew and printed artist books as a way of planning out sculpture-based exhibitions.

“Fantasists are childish, childlike. They play games. They dance on the burning ground. […] Even when they are making entire universes, they are only playing.”

(Ursula K. Le Guin, ‘Do it Yourself Cosmology’)

Through merging of forms, Puddle Popper creates a set-like world featuring invented beings, humanoids, tentacles and unreadable text. Puddle Popper moves towards our desires, moving between description, invention and idealization to wiggle around truths. Flowers can hurt us. Appendages transform. Colour is revised. Portals open up, we put our limbs part way through, and then all the way through. New bodies are observed and created. Slipping through realities, Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish is an exploration and re-imagination of being(s) in different worlds.


Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish

“Fantasists are childish, childlike. They play games. They dance on the burning ground. […] Even when they are making entire universes, they are only playing”
(Ursula K. Le Guin, ‘Do It Yourself Cosmology’)

Through a series of aesthetic exercises, Puddle Popper moves towards desires, between description, invention and idealization, wiggling around truths. Flowers can hurt us. Appendages transform. Color is revised. New bodies are observed and created. Slipping through realities, an exploration and re-imagination of being(s) in different worlds.

Published to coincide with the Plintor Drax Lounge at VABF 2017, and Ancient Follicle Seeks Green Wish at the New Gallery, DDOOGG presents a 4-zine package, one by each of the following artists comprising the Vancouver collaborative project Puddle Popper:

Sonja Ratkay
Mel Thibodeau
Juli Majer
Sarah Davidson

Multi-Colored Staples

Plintor Drax Lounge

750 Hornby Street,
Vancouver Art Gallery Hornby Street entrance
Saturday October 14th, 12pm – 6pm
& Sunday October 15th, 12pm – 6pm
Co-presented by the Vancouver Art Book Fair

As part of this year’s Vancouver Art Book Fair, SiteFactory has invited artist collective Puddle Popper (Sonja Ratkay, Melanie Thibodeau, Juli Majer and Sarah Davidson) to create a science fiction inspired reading room to launch the collective’s newest publication. The public will be able to interact with drawings, printed matter, and soft sculpture produced by the collective as part of their exploration of alternative world-building.


available now online

for the trees is a collaborative risograph book experiment based on a series of drawings by Sarah Davidson. The publication was developed with Erica Wilk, who uses her Risograph publishing studio Moniker Press as a platform for artistic collaboration. The book also includes a text by Brynn McNab, written in response to the art.

Using only four risograph colours and coloured paper, for the trees utilizes colour layering techniques to create continuity with the original work and essay throughout the book.

for the trees
Drawings—Sarah Davidson
Book Design—Erica Wilk

you can’t see the forest
Essay—Brynn McNab

Risograph printed & published by Moniker Press
Perfect bound with fabric book tape binding.
52 pages—Edition of 150
Vancouver, BC—2017