HOUSEPLANTS (working title) is an experimental documentary following the effect of what human displacement has on our plants, as well as the impact that our plants have on our mental stability. who has the stronger death drive when you’re both thirsty and covered in dirt?

for the last two years i’ve been obsessively gathering abandoned plants and weaning them back to health. my house is full to the brim. roots are sinking into my walls and circling the ceiling. if i google their names i’m cheating - i want to understand their needs without seeking instruction. light, water, light, water, rotate, shift, spray, sing. sometimes textures are easier to read than words.

disenchanted by narrative structures and fascinated by brief monetary exchanges with strangers met online, i am in the process of conducting interviews with people on craigslist who are giving away their houseplants. although focusing on subjects cornered into moving against their will, i’m exploring the many reasons who people choose to part with living organisms that they have taken care of for many years while also documenting the history of the plants that we choose to continuously carry with us.


Mark