LAWN EXTRACTION

2 x 4 feet turf; 4.25x6 inches postcard, 2011-12

A chunk of grass was extracted from my yard in Pittsburgh and relocated to Long Island City where my mother grew up. This piece of turf was personal, but also stood in for lawns in general—the pervasive floor of the American landscape, sanitized with fertilizers, genetically fortified and under constant threat of weedy invasion. A souvenir postcard of this backyard Land Art was free to visitors, a photograph of the hole left behind. Installed at Flux Factory and then replanted at Socrates Sculpture Park.