Understorey: A Year Among Weeds

Natural World & Environment, Nature Guides
Hardback Published on: 06/06/2024
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In Understorey, artist and writer Anna Chapman Parker records in prose and stunning original line drawings a year spent looking closely at weeds, our most ubiquitous and accessible plants. In gardens, on verges or clustered around municipal lampposts, weeds offer a year-round spectacle of wildlife. The benefits to us of being among greenery are well known, but what exactly are these vaguely familiar shapes that accompany our every step, yet pass beneath our notice? How and when do they emerge, bloom and subside, and what would it mean to notice them?

Meditating too on how they appear in other artists’ work, from a bramble framing a sixth-century Byzantine manuscript to a kudzu vine installation in contemporary Berlin, Chapman Parker explores the art of paying attention even to the smallest things.

  • Publisher: Duckworth Books
  • ISBN: 9780715655207
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Dimensions: 211 x 148 mm

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Understorey: A Year Among Weeds is Anna Chapman Parker’s narration of a calendar year, during which she observed and recorded weeds she saw. We all see wee... READ MORE
Colin Edwards
One of my top reads of 2024
I loved this book so much. I read it fast and then I read it slow. I made notes on my phone about it as I read it. A year's journey through one woman's att... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley