Bouquet was a very Martha Stewart approach to the home décor of the 1990's.
Bouquet, moleskin, Xerox transfer, frames installation at GallerySite, San Francisco, CA, 1998
Artists were asked to look into the past. I looked to the Victorian era of pomp and parlor. I was interested in the formal presentation of grandeur, wealth and perfection that the period exemplified -- but through the eyes of today's aesthetic value system. The sentiment, though communicated differently, is not that disparate -- conspicuous consumption -- wanting to appear lavish. However the mode of representation is purely a reflection of our current consumer culture -- the lack of investment given to craft and art -- the prevalence of stores like Target, Walgreens, Kmart etc. -- go go go -- speed -- lots with little. I Xerox transferred beautiful botanical drawings (executed during the Victorian era) onto moleskin and used cheap gold frames against a lovely mint green wall. The effect achieved was just that -- a beautiful little setting with hardly any money or time invested -- a very Martha Stewart approach to the home décor of the 1990's.