For the current group show at Winston Wächter Fine Art in Seattle I created a new three-headed piece which shows the Edward Scissorhands of it all, two chrysanthemums overshadowing a third in a bouquet, depicting what might happen when something or someone is neglected or outshined by others. When I was working on that piece I was really meditating on my own narcissism vis-à-vis my children, but I think these pieces are there for people to react to with their own narratives. It was technically the most difficult piece I’ve ever made. I decided to start to “reject circles” this year. The circular form of a single flower is something I’ve been slowly moving away from over time, but preparing for this show I really committed to being able to view these pieces on the wall at more natural angles than just dead-on and circular-faced. I’m very happy about it now, but it was a real beast to create. I think there are a few thousand hand sculpted petals on it.
Growing older and losing your younger appearance is a loss. There is a painful time where you realize this is happening, and then you find yourself on the other side of it, and older people look more beautiful to you, and you can relate to them more, and you can try to find the good in being older. I want to continue to advocate for finding the beauty of aging with my work. If we can find such magnetism in a rotting ranunculus or rose, can we still feel that for a person with age spots and jowls? I think we need to!