Chem Plant 
by Sarah Welch

Chem Plant is a time-based window box installation and ancillary mini-comic by Sarah Welch. The comic narrative serves as an origin story for a monstrous plant protagonist who begins life as office decor in a fertilizer plant’s site trailer somewhere along our chemical coast. After enduring calamity, rejection, and mutation, the plant is re-introduced to the world in the window of a historic building in downtown Galveston. How will they fare in this new home?

Sarah Welch is a multidisciplinary artist based in Houston, Texas. Her work has been exhibited throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast, including exhibitions at Blue Star Contemporary, San Antonio, Texas; Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas; Antenna, New Orleans, Louisiana; and The Museum of Fine Art, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. Welch has participated in artist residency programs at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, MacDowell, Wesleyan University, Lawndale Art Center, and UT Dallas Centraltrak. She is a member of the collaborative printmaking duo, Mystic Multiples and regularly publishes comics, zines, and prints alongside her creative partner, James Beard. In December 2021, Welch will exhibit the third reading room installation in her ongoing project, “Holdouts,” at the central location of the Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas.

Chem Plant zine - $10