Artist Statement 2018
In my work, flowers are symbols that represent women, our humanity, ideas of sacredness, resiliency; how we are connected and reflected in nature.
Like an obsessed botanist, I spent an entire year (2017) collecting and photographing over 7000 species of everyday flowers from the garden center, cultivated blooms, wildflowers, and weeds found along the roadside.
I combine my floral photographs to create large-scale composite images that address social and personal concerns relating to our wellbeing as a culture, connectedness to each other, and as a woman – my responsibility to explore and challenge cultural rules and expectations that define and limit us all.
We Are Flowers (Power Mask) Series
These photocompositions contrast the delicacy and fragility of flowers presenting them as "power masks", symbolizing hidden strength and the inner warrior that dwells in each of us.
The “truth masks” confront the idea of beauty in terms of aging and self perceived flaws. Living blooms and “ornaments” are placed alongside the faded and dying flowers, symbolizing our attempt to deflect and distract from characteristics we seek to hide.
In psychology, the term “masking” applies to the everyday pretending we do to veil and protect our true personalities. This series explores how we hide in plain view, revealing only what we desire others to know or believe about us.
The flowers, shown in their varying stages of life, reflect our humanity; reminding us to stand up, grow, be broken, aged, imperfect, but seen.
- Heidi Carlsen-Rogers