I am a Flower (Partial Truth Mask) Hibiscus
Composite Photograph, Archival Inkjet on Museum Rag
40x30, Limited Editions of 20
In my work, flowers are symbols that represent women, our humanity, ideas of sacredness, resiliency; how we are connected and reflected in nature.
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 conceal.
In psychology, the term “masking” applies to the everyday pretending we do to veil and protect our true selves. This series explores how we hide in plain view, revealing only what we desire others to know or believe about us.
The masks, created as symbols of empowerment convey another truth; true power, authenticity and honesty emerges only by removing our masks.
The flowers, shown in their varying stages of life, reflect our humanity; reminding us to stand up, grow, be broken, aged, imperfect, but seen.