Prairie examines the practices of pressing plants into a new context when heat-pressed between thin sheets of plastic and synthetic fabrics, allowing the plants to permanently exist because of the plastic rather than in spite of it. This series was motivated by the disappearance of the prairie in Illinois and the loss of many native plants as well as serves as a form of defiance and counteraction to these events. Out of the nearly 22 million acres of prairie that used to exist, only .01 percent is left. Chicago, in particular, is disconnected from how the landscape originally appeared. This series acts as a memoir of the landscape that used to exist around our neighborhoods.