Inoculate

Ana María Gómez López (Colombia/US)

A plant sprouting in a human eye? The artist and anthropologist placed a tiny water begonia seed inside a small plug, which she inserted into her eye’s tear duct. The seed remained in place, and did not sprout until two weeks later, when a tiny shoot became visible.

The work’s title, Inoculate, refers to both the inoculation of humans and the grafting of plants. It is also derived from the Latin in oculo, meaning ‘in the eye’.