Infectious Flowers

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  • 2004

    Digital prints

    239.5 x 29.2 cm

    Nature H'Abour by JK Huysman descibed a wealthy collector and recluse who becomes obsessed with rare species of flowers. His pathology is emphatically illustrated when he starts to collect flowers which appear to be infected with tropical diseases. I took images of various skin infections and inflammation from dermatalogical book. and grafted them onto photographs of flowers using a computer. The pictures also recalled the writings of Jean Genets journals in prison when he describes his cellmate, wounds and pustules as embellishments. Like flowers or medals adorning a mans jacket. The lines between beauty and repulsion become blurred.