Aaron McIntosh interrogates the intertwined relationships between humans and plants — our interdependence, our co-evolution and our history of hierarchies — across many artistic mediums. In Entanglements, the artist takes up the metaphoric potential of plant life where he finds speculative roots to scaffold and explore queer ecologies. McIntosh rejects colonialist and heteronormative paradigms that dominate botany in its perpetual “othering” of queerness. Instead, he asks how might we imagine queerness through the sexual and gender-variant dynamisms present in the plant world.
By embedding queerness into representations of nature, McIntosh envisions a world where diverse queer bodies across time and space are enmeshed with plant life — and where their quilted display envisions new futures for queer and botanical kinship.
Entanglements is open at the Carolla Arts Exhibition Center Jan. 25-March 1. We will also celebrate the exhibit during First Friday Art Walk, Feb. 2 and March 1 from 6-9 p.m.