The grafting (translocation of the tissues of a body to a different body or body part) of a living being within itself; puts into question the ideas of alteration, nature and power. It is at the same time an act of deep violence –altering the original body by cutting and replacing its parts– and an act of immense love, needed through the healing process for the grafting to happen.
Before moving to the US I had never seen a grafting of a plant. When I encountered the first one, I was completely obsessed by the transgression of such a subtle act –cutting and pasting–. It wasn't after I translated the word graft, from English to Spanish, that I realized what it meant for me. Almost two years ago, I had a medical procedure that resulted in the grafting of a piece of skin from my belly to my head. I witnessed the contradiction of the graft, as something painful but necessary for me to be healthy.
As an act of healing and as a personal project, for the last 2 years I have been grafting fruit plants within their own selves, with out any scientific or botanical purpose. Through the alteration, I am interested in submitting to doubt the notions of what is considered natural and what is not, questioning the ideas of normalcy and perfection from the context of my own body and my plants.