Flowers from the center of the universe: traveling time, space and finding the way for myself

(Project January 2018 – Present)

My work expresses two different sides of my life: reality and fantasy.

Political issues have motived my work including political self-portraits. I balance that expression using flower petals in my other recent work. This includes creating images of guns and weapons inspired by the news also using dried flowers as a form of therapy. I’m creating other weapon imagery with natural media like cement, wood, and stones. Some found objects from nature I use to create my bloom of happiness to contrast the negativity I feel from the news of events like the Florida shooting.

In the Flower Grenade, I wore a military uniform and helmet with a flower overlay to represent a different vision of war where I’m sharing flowers instead of fighting. My intent is to show that with nature or flowers war cannot happen because we will share love.