Recently my art making practice shifted. I wanted to produce work in a more physical manner so I set out to re-explore the cyanotype process. I used my yard as my studio, and once again I used my garden as material - but this time to make visible the American problem with gun violence.
One day after the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, I made 49 individual flower portraits as stand-ins for the 49 people who were senselessly killed that night. This collection of botanical objects, inspired by Anna Atkins’ illustrated photogram books, responded to the sudden tragedy in Orlando. Shortly after, I created a sister piece using 245 trumpet flowers, shown in stacks to represent the daily average of deaths in the ongoing war in Syria. The impetus and action of violence in these two situations, one close to home and the other far away, need to be continually remembered and addressed. The forgettable and ephemeral nature of news cycles, like flowers, are in contrast to the permanent scars that such loss and carnage leave behind.
I continue to explore the narrative potential of cyanotypes with organic objects I encounter, and domestic objects that I collect. I find the physical imperfections in the process refreshing.