Spora Works

Safe

Safe

Safe video installation by Beth Hall, Mark Cooley & Celia Cooley | 2012    The popular imagination is heavily invested in a deeply romanticized conception of the maternal. The laborious, messy and complex beauty of living with children is lost in countless sanitized and idealized […]

Viriditas

Viriditas

The journey of this work began as a way to connect and to develop an understanding of the relationship with various plants and their affinity for our human bodily systems. The act of drawing while imbibing each herb began the creative process. This visual transference […]

Ancient Tobacco

Ancient Tobacco

We received this ancient tobacco seed as a gift from Albie Barden, who lives on the Kennebec River in Norridgewock, Maine – down the road from the site of the locally infamous Norridgewock Massacre, perpetrated by the English on the Native American village on August […]

becoming-Botanical: a post-modern liber herbalis

becoming-Botanical: a post-modern liber herbalis

It’s awesome to be included in this new fascinating book published by Objet-a Creative Studio. We’ve been interested in plant migrations and their near universal human categorization as “invading aliens”. We are interested in recent critiques of some of the fundamental assertions of invasion biology, its beginnings in the cold war, and its baked in cultural ingredients of intolerance, othering, and reliance on a purity vs. polluted paradigm. We explore some of this with the most challenging and dreaded of subjects – none other than “the plant that ate the south” Pueraria montana, or hatefully known as Kudzu!

Migrant Sanctuary: The Four Winds Journal

Migrant Sanctuary: The Four Winds Journal

Check out the Spring/Summer 2019 edition of Four Winds Journal by Orenda Healing International. We have an article about a project we completed in Darmstadt, Germany last year as part of The International Forest Art Centre’s Forest Art Biennial. The article and installation explores attitudes […]

SporaStudios and GreenStudio featured in a new book

SporaStudios and GreenStudio featured in a new book

We’re honored to be featured in this new amazing book: Field to Palette: Dialogues on Soil and Art in the Anthropocene. edited by Alexandra Toland, Jay Stratton Noller, Gerd Wessolek. CRC Press. Nov. 2018. Link to Google Books Link to Excerpt featuring SporaStudios. Chapter 4, […]

Migrant Sanctuary Garden: The International Forest Art Center, Darmstadt, Germany

Migrant Sanctuary Garden: The International Forest Art Center, Darmstadt, Germany

A project developed for The International Forest Art Centre, Darmstadt, Germany and presented at The International Forest Art Symposium, and the 9th Forest Art Path exhibition, 2018, by SporaStudios. Exhibition Curated by Sue Spaid and International Forest Art Centre Director Ute Ritschel. Concept Development  Early […]

The Bridge Project

The Bridge Project

A community project exploring the use of art as a way to build bridges across differences in the Shenandoah Valley at a time of national polarization. Organized by Heather Davis and Tammy Ruggiero of United ShenValley Artists and Mark Cooley, Beth Hall, and Celia Cooley […]