Weed Killer was inspired by artist-writer Catherine Lord’s memoir The Summer of Her Baldness (2004), a moving and often irreverent account of the author’s experience of cancer. 

At the heart of Weed Killer (2017) is a monologue adapted from Lord’s book in which an actress reflects upon the chemically induced devastation of chemotherapy. This monologue is intertwined with comparatively otherworldly sequences, including choreographic gestures shot with high-definition thermal imaging. Weed Killer suggests a complex relationship to one’s own suffering and draws into focus the fine line between alternately poisonous and curative substances.

Weed Killer was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles and produced by Spike Film and Video.

Patrick Staff

Patrick Staff (b. 1987, UK; lives and works in Los Angeles and London, UK) studied at Goldsmiths College, London (2009), and was part of the Associate Artist Programme at LUX, London (2011). Their work has been exhibited at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2017); New Museum, New York (2017); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2016); Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia (2016); Serpentine Galleries, London (2015); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2015); Tate Liverpool, UK (2014); Tate Modern, London (2012); and Whitstable Biennale, UK (2012). They have received the Paul Hamlyn Award for Visual Artists (2015). Staff has had residencies at FD13 Residency for the Arts (2018), LUX (2014), The Showroom (2014), Fogo Island Arts (2012), and Banff Centre (2010).