By the artist Sarah Dougherty
Contemporary ethnobotany is the study of flora according to the practices of the people who tended to them for thousands of years. Growing circles of artists, educators and activists are learning how to tend to indigenous ecosystems in a respectful way, by creating relationships with its flora for food, medicine, and cultural purposes. Artist Sarah Dougherty will animate stories of the displacement and reactivation of indigenous habitat in Yangna (First Nations' name for Los Angeles, California) through her native plant portraits in a talk called "Animate Plants." Expect audience participation and the curative properties of plants transferred through paint, paper and ink!
Sarah Dougherty currently lives on a mountain in Los Angeles, tending to native plants and painting portraits of them as well as her circular home. She is a student of & organizer for Everything is Medicine, indigenous education through the creation of native habitat. She teaches critical pedagogy and art education at Los Angeles, Culver City & Compton Public Middle Schools and co-leads the Artist Collective Art and Nature (A&N). A&N creates place-based curricula for transcultural urban youth for healing through creativity and the environment. She graduated from UCLA with an MFA in 2012 and shows with Aran Cravey Gallery. www.roomportraits.com
IMAGE: Baby black oak by Sarah Dougherty.