The Fatal Flora series relates to toxic relationships and uses plants that can be medicinal or poisonous as symbols of the contradictions within human connections.
These complex plants have been used by women for centuries for sustenance, healing and possibly poisoning and witchcraft. I believe that botanicals can be used as metaphors for the natural cycles of life, death, and rebirth as well as the complexity and duality of experiences in life that can be part healing and part toxic.
In growing and handling these dangerous plants throughout their growth cycles, I am studying their seductive beauty as well as taming and controlling their deadly potential.
Works from this project were recently shown in my first solo museum exhibition at the Dubuque Museum of Art and will be shown at the Sioux City Art Center later this year.