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Sandi Chaplin

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Birth year

installation, performance, photography, sculpture


Gardening is a gamble.

Every spring I plant perennials believing that they'll reappear for years to follow. Every summer I stand in my back yard, staring at a large plant thinking...

"What is that?"  "Did I plant that?"

Autumn brings no answers. Are these things that look like weeds, the weeds? Or are these things that look like weeds, the plants? Shouldn't they have blossomed into something by now? Like... lilies? Perhaps a husband?

I question the dirt. (I do) I question my gardening skills, my fertilizer choices, my motives. I question what grows when I'm not looking...

This spring smells different.

What grows when hope refuses to die? What grows from the slightest brush of your hand against mine?

Sometimes, when I remember us together, I think I only remember me... lost in a forest that used to be you.

Recent Exhibits

Sandi Chaplin participated in these exhibits:

Fulton Street Collective
May, 2009 What Grows?
International Museum of Surgical Science
Nov, 2008 Growing Up CAD 5th Birthday Fundraiser
Chicago Art Department
Jul, 2008 Nature Calls: Art Inspired by Nature
Chicago Art Department
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