What the Flowers Know II is a nature inspired mixed media collage, which is a description that could be used for much of my work. I am constantly inspired by nature, and I love learning about it. I guess you could say I’m a bit of a science geek. Where plants are concerned, no one can deny that they play a huge part in all of our lives. Just for starters, we eat them, animals that we eat eat them, and they make the oxygen that we breathe. We don’t need a science class to figure out how important they are. At a young age, my grandmother showed me how to plant seeds. Ever since, I have been a gardener and lover of all things green and growing. The use of plant forms in my art were inspired by these experiences, and by my deep belief in the sacred nature of our earth. Over time, I’ve developed a symbolic ‘vocabulary’ of natural forms to communicate my experience of the oneness of every thing in nature.
In this nature inspired mixed media collage, I’ve used a flower from one of my monoprints as a focal point. There’s a reason we decorate our houses and yards with flowers – they’re beautiful! I’ve also included pages from a vintage botany book, from a section about ‘medical plants’. I think the illustrations are so charming. Other vintage ephemera includes part of a plant identification page from someone’s science lab book, part of an old photo album page, and some stamps. I finished it off with a piece of mica and some stitching. The combination of the plum, rust, and soft blue colors against the neutral background gives the piece a feeling of the past, and would blend well with any decor. What the Flowers Know II could be the perfect piece for your home, especially if you’re a plant lover like me!
This item comes wired on the back for easy hanging, or may be framed by the purchaser in a deep profile shadow-box frame if desired.