April 14, 2016
My upcoming show is titled “May Flowers Bring Art Showers” and I am super excited to be a part of it!
Because I was feeling creative, I wanted to do something different than my typical “go out and shoot some flowers in their natural habitat” thing. So, I went off of the show’s play on words of “April Showers Bring May Flowers,” and did some foraging. I wanted to use all local and all seasonal flowers to get my desired effect, so it was probably pretty funny for passersby who watched as I traipsed in and out of miscellaneous business’s flower beds and pulled buds off of their trees. In the pouring rain, I might add.
Regardless, I found all sorts of textures and beautiful pastel colors. I wanted to use a vessel of some sort that would really make the flowers the focus of the shot. I found this awesome metal tub and tried a variety of different liquids inside for the flowers to float on. I decided to go with white (milk powder!) because it really made the colors POP! It also reminded me of the first snowy winter I experienced here in the Springs, and I thought it was a nice juxtaposition of the season change – winter turning into spring – with the flowers floating atop the white.
As I was working on this project, it took a bit of an emotional turn for me. Having just moved and being stuck in the apartment all winter, I was homesick. As spring approached, I was finally able to start getting outside and doing things I love to do again. While I was collecting all of these flowers, I noticed that I could name every single one of them. All of these flowers and plants I could find back home too.. so those 1,000 miles didn’t seem quite so far anymore.
If you are interested in coming to see the show, opening night is on Friday, May 6 from 5-8 p.m. at The Commons Gallery. Me and a lot of other local artists will be there and we’d love to see you!
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