WORKS > On Floriography, 2010-2012

This work originated as a response to the walled garden at Outpost, which is reminiscent of historical paradise gardens. I have made sculptural plants and flowers out of wire, glue and paper that are protected by glass cloches. The plants, herbs and flowers all have historical meaning such as charity, lust, greed, mystery, and on and on and were often plants that were found in historic paradise gardens. Also often found in vanitas paintings, these symbols are opaque and obsolescent ways to think about human experience. The cloches are also vague references to the wunderkammern, or cabinet of curiosities, with its objects that offer strangeness and “otherness”, cloistered into vitrines for safekeeping and scrutinization.

The paperwork/drawings consist of the remnants from which the elements of the sculptures have been cut. This current- and ongoing- body of work will continue to expand as I choose to replicate plants based on my own emotional and intellectual experience. The work is a strange filing system that marks the passage of my time and times past.

On Floriography, 2010-2012
paper, wire, bell jar & oak
Coriander (detail)
paper, wire, bell jar & oak
2010
Coriander (detail)
paper, wire, bell jar & oak
2010
Cyclamen
Acid-free paper, wire, glass bell jar & oak; hand cut and carved
2010
Cyclamen (detail)
Acid-free paper, wire, glass bell jar & oak; hand cut and carved
2010
Winter Savory
paper, wire, bell jar & oak
2010
Rue
Acid-free paper, wire, glass bell jar & oak; hand cut and carved
2012
Rue (detail)
Acid-free paper, wire, glass bell jar & oak; hand cut and carved
2012
Grass
Acid-free paper, wire, glass bell jar & oak; hand cut and carved
2012
Grass (detail)
Acid-free paper, wire, glass bell jar & oak; hand cut and carved
2012
Remnants: Grass
cut paper
2012
Installed for the exhibition "Cutting Edge" at BSU's Visual Art Center
paper, wire, bell jar & hand cut oak base
2012