Context is Everything

May 7 to July 30, 2022
Reid Gallery

Context is Everything

Monique Martin

Context is Everything merges the unwanted and undervalued flora of the landscape with the characteristic of judging people and events and circumstances too quickly without using prior knowledge and insights. The installation consists of 2000 paper dandelions installed in perpetual bloom across the floor of the gallery. The dandelion is a silent protest heard worldwide on sidewalks, in parks and gardens and is a model for how to be strong in the face of adversity. It abhors monoculture, is open to differences and challenges stereotypes. It can be a symbol for healing from emotional pain, physical injury and thriving through life’s difficulties. The dandelion flourishes in difficult conditions, surviving the challenges imposed by humanity and emerging victorious.