this series began back when i was living in taipei, taiwan around 2008. one day, i noticed these floating cotton-like things all over the city. upon closer examination, it’s embedded with seeds inside. i ran all over town to collect them. while in portland, oregon, i began to collect more and more seeds as i walk about town and country. eventually, i was able to figure out how to incorporate them into my paintings! the title of this series is peripheral, because, these seeds each have the potential to become another plant, but it’s often considered weed or trash, crushed. in a way, it’s also like my own little seed bank. i embellish the box so one day, even if the seeds have disappeared, the memory is still there. the titles are based on the location these seeds are found.