In Defense of Flowers is a series researched and conducted from 2013 to 2014 and considers the relationship between natural forms and modern design. The series serves as the catalyst for themes and ideas that continue to influence current work.

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‘In Defense of Flowers’

In my work I explore the pertinence of flowers across multiple facets of day-to-day life, and the often-overlooked role certain visual elements of botanical specimens play in the development of modern designs hastily deemed synthetic or manufactured.
The practice of botanical illustration suggests a very human compulsion to attach terms and explanations to objects existing outside of our control. Flowers are used as tools for our own self-expression, taken out of a context and relocated to vases on a coffee table and pots on out front porches for the purpose of decorating a space. In essence, flowers are a medium of their own.

Since the onset of botanical illustration (traced back to the year 512), the way we have documented and shared the natural world has evolved. Photos of perfectly curated floral arrangements are constantly posted to the Internet where the specimen becomes seamlessly assimilated into a further detached, entirely non-physical world. The idea that something so notoriously delicate can withstand millennia of ecological, cultural, and societal transformation while maintaining unwavering relevance is noteworthy, to say the least.
Through processes of isolating elements of design within the form, stylizing, and abstracting, I explore the notion that visual components of botanical specimens play an integral role in the development of manmade modern designs. When flowers, though commonplace and arguably cliché, are more thoughtfully examined, they reveal foundational truths of the human condition and help make sense of the aesthetic world around us.