Flowers for donald is a series of digital photo collage works I began in the days following the U.S. election. They borrow the symbolic potency of flowers to act as anchor points of protest, memorial, and self-reflexive connotations of enduring beauty within the traditions of art history.
Each image originates from a stock photograph of a vase of flowers and undergoes a process of a stream-of-conscious re-authorship; engaging in digital mark-making, manipulation, and web appropriation. My decision making largely stems from reactions to news media cycles, and seeks to convey overarching themes and visual metaphors that describe the destabilization brought into the realms of politics and media representation after the election.
The resulting images convey an aesthetic of anarchy, frantic image-logic, and blatant artifice as a strategy to reflect the turbulence of contemporary political discourse and fast-shifting values of truth and stability in an America led by Donald Trump.
Through the adoption of floral motifs, the work also enters into a long and cherished art historical tradition, and uses this position as a point of departure to question the role of art within politically turbulent times. With this attitude I'm calling back to Dadaist strategies of Hannah Hock, John Heartfield, and others who utilized collage as political and social critique.
In this vein, Flowers for Donald engages with two commonly held truisms of the role of art: to perform beauty, and to hold a mirror to the modern world. These resulting pictures see these two truisms collide in paradox.
Giclée prints on Moab Exhibition Luster 300.
24in x 20in. / 36 x 30 Editions Forthcoming.
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