Work in Progress: Living and Decaying Art

For one of Lilli Fisher's projects, she has stitched together a book; the letters of which are cut from leaves (this page) and pine needles.
One week into her betterArts residency, visual artist Lilli Fisher has started work on several projects utilizing the natural landscape: a handmade book with letters created from leaves of trees, weeds, and flowers; an installation utilizing invasive plants; and a 3-D piece made entirely out of burdocks.

Lilli, a MICA graduate specializing in sculptural works, pigments, and creative writing, will be working on temporary outdoor installations featuring living and decaying works that may create habitats, be consumed, or be built by organisms in the ecosystem. The intention of her work is to question human-environmental relationships.

Local flora and fauna experts last night teamed up with Lilli on some plant identifications:

Here are some shots of her bookwork and plant collections as they take shape:

 Lilli Fisher will present her final projects, utilizing living and decaying organic matter, in a show Friday, May 30, at Better Farm in Redwood. Check out more of her work at To learn more about the betterArts residency program, click here.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.