Pick Your Poison
These images were created from 19th century tintypes that I appropriate. Tintypes were the first practical means of recording ones image. In many cases this may have been ones first and only portrait. In this series my use of the sphere is a reference to Darwin’s work with biological determination, a held belief that women were "the weaker" sex. This fueled the idea that men and women inhabit separate spheres. Spheres were strictly defined by gender and a women’s was in the home as wife and mother. To go beyond her sphere women found they were limited. Botanical illustration was permitted as long as it was to confirm the existence of God. Once the study progressed from illustration to science it became a man’s domain. I have chosen to use poisonous plants in this series. Though beautiful, these plants try to hold these women "in place".
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