Seeds, something so small and innocuous on the surface, contain thousands of years of evolutionary history and are essential to human survival. The practice of saving seeds speaks to the importance of individual action in sustaining life. Lets Not Leave it to Chance asks us to consider what we have inherited and what we hope to pass on to future generations. At the heart of this work is imagery inspired by the practice of cultivating and saving heirloom seeds.

Let's Not Leave it to Chance - Installation view
2011
Powdered Charcoal on wall
18' x 35'
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance Powdered Charcoal on wall
Let's Not Leave it to Chance - Installation view
2011
Powdered Charcoal on wall
18' x 35'
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance Powdered Charcoal on wall
Let's Not Leave it to Chance - detail
2011
Powdered Charcoal on wall
18' x 35'
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance Powdered Charcoal on wall
Let's Not Leave it to Chance - detail
2011
Powdered Charcoal on wall
18' x 35'
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance White soft pastel on rice paper
Agriculture
2011
White soft pastel on rice paper
38" x 25"
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance White soft pastel on rice paper
Disperse
2011
White soft pastel on rice paper
38" x 25"
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance White soft pastel on rice paper
Germination
2011
White soft pastel on rice paper
38" x 25"
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance White soft pastel on rice paper
True to Type
2011
White soft pastel on rice paper
38" x 25"
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance White soft pastel on rice paper
Reprise of Chance Installation
2011
White soft pastel on rice paper
Installation view, 7 works on paper, 38" x 25" each.
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance Paper with holes
Let's Not Leave it to Chance - Installation view
2011
Paper with holes
Dimensions variable.
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance Paper with holes
Pollinate
2011
Paper with holes
23" x 30"
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance Paper with holes
Sown
2011
Paper with holes
23" x 30"
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance Paper with holes
Sown - detail
2011
Paper with holes
23" x 30"
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance Paper with holes
Purple radish (Raphanus satiuus)
2011
Paper with holes
22" x 30"
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance Paper, thread
Stockpile
2011
Paper, thread
4' x 5'
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance Paper, thread
Stockpile - detail
2011
Paper, thread
4' x 5'
Rachel Breen Let's not Leave it to Chance Powdered Charcoal on the wall
Abundance
2011
Powdered Charcoal on the wall
2' x 3'
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