Marissa Ciampi ‘16 BFA
What started out as a high school summer job opened my eyes to a completely hidden universe that exists behind these greenhouse doors. From the very start of production these plants are introduced to a chemical world, which alters their natural state. I’m interested in the tension between beauty and toxicity that exists within the controlled habitat of greenhouse production. It was intriguing to me to discover how detrimental a small blue granular fertilizer could be and how this company is fabricating a form of nature and damaging the natural environment while doing so. My work lies somewhere between fact and fiction, where I am uncovering an insider’s perspective, observing the property, and recreating my own scenarios as a way to visualize and exaggerate the chemical dominance that occurs in plant production.