Tumbling Tumbleweed

“Tumbling Tumbleweed” (performance for camera, a photographic series) 2019

Several plants qualify as tumbleweeds (also called “wind witches”). They are invasive unwanted plants, a symbol in Western films of an absurd declaration: an awkward silence, a bad joke, a dual between 2 characters, and most interestingly for me…an opportunity to perform for the camera and reflect on another cycle of land misuse. Tumbleweeds are emblematic of the Dust Bowl or “Dirty 30s”: severe drought, agricultural depression, all due to unethical and misinformed social and agricultural practices.