These paintings take the Windscape style and apply it to social tolerance subject matter.
Tattooed flowers: The juxtapositions in my Wind in the Garden series may be subtly unsettling and intriguing. In all of my work, the wind is a metaphor for the flow of energy and information, inviting us to be more perceptive to what's under the surface. Cultural customs, deeply rooted within a people's history, are life affirming to their community. From henna designs, to Samoan face tattoos, people within countless societies adorn themselves with symbolic language, whether that be on their clothing or their skin. While these traditions are at first unfamiliar to others, they celebrate and inform and strengthen cultural identity. In this series, the plant-life becomes a metaphor for a society unrecognized by us (or subset of our society) that truly cares and identifies with their practices and traditions. These paintings present a touch of mystery, and question the viewer's reaction to something new, something with natural beauty plus imposed purpose, something that clearly has meaning to someone, but appears strange to us. Some may see exotic beauty and feel intrigued to learn more; some may recoil in fear or distaste for the unknown. This is meant to be a tip of the iceberg to refer to the many practices that our neighbors may have that we may not initially identify with, or that may be in conflict with our own social mores. This includes women's rights, with contradicting perceptions of what is taboo and survival. We don't need to understand the symbols or the language being presented in order to recognize that a statement is being made. To paint, inject, or embroider a design onto a living plant would be harmful to it. As often, to defend a practice or deliver a message is worth personal sacrifice.
Detail of tattoo design on tulip
Detail of tattoo design on day lily
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