hangingfrom the ceiling, suspended in space.
“It isamazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.” – Leo Tolstoy
“It is better to be beautiful than to be good.But...it is better to be good than to be ugly.” – Oscar Wilde
“Beautycan be consoling, disturbing, sacred, profane; it can be exhilarating,appealing, inspiring, chilling. It can affect us in an unlimited variety ofways. Yet it is never viewed with indifference: beauty demands to be noticed;it speaks to us directly like the voice of an intimate friend. If there arepeople who are indifferent to beauty, then it is surely because they do notperceive it.” – Roger Scruton
Monster Flowers, an installation of colorful crochet flower forms, is a statement onthe nature
and perception of beauty. Flowers are the reproductive structure ofany blooming plant, and often culturally and aesthetically imply beauty,femininity, fragility, innocence, romance, etc.
Monster Flowers is a twist on archetypes of beauty--an attempt to changeour generalizations of it and make us consider the many forms it can take. Themonster faces I have incorporated into the flowers add a sense of humor andplayfulness. The ambiguity of what kinds of flowers these may be, theirexaggerated artificial colors, and the fibers that create their densityjuxtaposed by their suspension in space create an alien presence. The viewer is familiar yet unfamiliar; attractedyet diffident due to their uncertainty.