Personal Project


Art Direction/Design

Local Transplants

Cascading vines, tropical flowers, and towering palms—it’s quintessential Los Angeles and vastly different from anywhere I’ve ever lived. While under quarantine, I finally took the time to learn more about the flora I walk past everyday. Through collection, identification, and closer observation, I not only learned about the growing habits of each species, but also that much of my California landscape is imported. Many classic “L.A.” plants were brought by immigrants in hopes of bringing a little piece of home with them or by investors looking to “exotisize and beautify” the city.

Despite lockdowns, nature persisted, unaffected by the global isolation of COVID-19. To counter digital connectivity, I shared my observations through postcards, imbuing them with a dreamlike quality to reflect the pandemic's surreal atmosphere and provide relief from daily monotony.

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