Fleurs du Mal is a selections of works titled after Baudelaire's famous book of poems, which included censored poems about women who transgressed social norms.
Rather than creat a depiction--or abstraction--I have painted flowers in the way a house painter paints a house, thereby conflating object and representation. Most of the flowers were grown in my garden and some flowers and weeds were picked from roadside meadows. They are carefully dried, and layers of paint are aplied by different means depending on the type, then attached or embedded with paint and painting mediums onto up-cycled vintage floral tablecloths. The tablecloths are stretched as canvases and serve as springboards for the compositions, many of which are riffs on some of art history's greatest hits: Van Gogh's Starry Night, Manet's Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe, Bottecelli's Primavera--artists and works familiar to the lay person, Sunday painter and art professional alike. Placing my pun of flower painting, references the unseen domestic labor of women, which historically resided outside the production of capital but certainly aided and supported it.