Odette England’s Favorite Book from 2021

Only the Plants Will Ever Know by Magdalena Wysocka & Claudio Pogo.   Published by Outer Space Press.

I chose this book because it has everything in just the right quantities (also things I’m visually attracted to): intrigue, rarity, sex, death, film negatives, plants, unpredictability, parallel stories, voyeurism, chance, and found materials. It’s heady, cerebral, and gorgeous. I admire good collaborative book projects, emphasis on good. Collaboration requires a special kind of vulnerability. This book is testament to two artists who wear their intelligence and compassion lightly but generously.

Odette England is a photographer and writer based in Providence, Rhode Island and New York. Her work has been shown in more than 100 museums, galleries, and exhibition spaces worldwide. She has two photobooks out this year: Dairy Character, winner of the 2021 Light Work Book Award; and Past Paper Present Marks: Responding to Rauschenberg, her collaboration with Jennifer Garza-Cuen, which received a $5,000 Rauschenberg Publication Grant.