I'll be exhibiting at the 2017 Southern Graphics Council Conference in an exhibition curated by Terri Dilling called Hello. I Love You. I'm Sorry. The exhibition reflects upon the people that come and go in our lives (arrivals and departures), symbolized as a bouquet of flowers. Flowers are given on many occasions including births, deaths, anniversaries, travels, love and friendship. Flowers celebrate beauty and fleeting moments of time, and have also been an important subject throughout art history. A unique aspect of this project is that the individual prints are cut out as flowers and the display of the whole portfolio makes a combined visual statement as a bouquet.
My contribution to this project is a print that I designed based on a detailed verbal account of a fictional flower given to me by my seven-year old daughter. Throughout the print's development, I left drawings and proofs for my daughter to find, which she would edit with hand written notes. I was inspired to collaborate with my daughter in this way by the famous rhinoceros print made by Albrecht Durer, which was reportedly created from verbal and written accounts of the animal without the artist ever having seen one. The finished print serves as a gesture of trust and reverence in this imaginative and fleeting stage of her childhood.