Sex Education From Flowers
My work explores female identity in a male centric society, using photographic collages made from scanned 19th century tintypes based on a mix of history, symbolism, personal experience & fantasy. I give each woman a name thus empowering her with her own identity.
Botany was one of the few venues of study open to women during the 19th century.
I create my images by referencing the Victorian’s fascination with botany and the symbolism from the 19th century book The Language of Flowers. These were books written for and most often by women. Each flower had a symbolic meaning and by giving or receiving flowers one could communicate a coded message to another without breaking any of the strict Victorian taboos of the time. The flowers I have chosen all reference a physical or emotional attribute dealing with sexuality. This language helps to empower these women in understanding their sexual identity.