May 30, 2007
The worst thing about losing the camera was that I also lost all the pictures of my trip with artist Jacques Nimki. I had heard him over dinner the night before talking about making wine out of plants that he finds in the city. So – I said – your work is, like, about finding weeds and stuff and making things out of it?
Well – he said – I like to take things from the landscape that people overlook. We tend to look at a place and there are things that we choose to see and things that we choose not to see and I work with the elements that we choose not to see. (but he said it better than that)
I sort of thought my project was like that too. Here we were, talking about unsean elements of the landscape and we were inside it. By entering a disused or forgotten space we were becoming invisible to the outside world. And you really feel like it down there.
These images – the drawings, are details from Jacque Nimki’s artwork. But he also does other things, like making that wine that I heard him talking about. He makes it out of things he finds in the city.
And then when we were coming back he found something growing right out of the cement in the boat yard – Wild London Rocket. I had never even heard of it before.
And it was delicious.