Flamingo Pines Village ( of Alright Already), 2019
linen and cotton
Flamingo Legs in the Grass, 2019
porcelain and moss

Swamp Rainbow
NIAD Art Center
February, 2020

During the period of tropical development in Florida from the 1920s to the 1940s, a small number of landowners and developers transformed the landscape in the image of an Edenesque re-creation of all the tropics as a playground for the upper and middle classes. Before this period, the landscape in Florida consisted of the muddy green palette of oak trees, palmetto bushes, and mangroves. The pine trees, oak trees, and palmetto brush inhabited by the first peoples, and then found by the “pioneer” settlers were augmented with imported plants from regions across the globe. Resorts were constructed around planned landscapes, and found landscapes were tropicalized, fenced off, and turned into tourism parks. These sites combined plants, animals, and imagery from tropical locations across the globe and amalgamated them into a domesticated version and singular location—South Florida—establishing an illusion and an aesthetic that still dominate the region today.
The pan-tropic region embodied the European New World fantasy. Florida developers expanded the landscapes of the container gardens created by European plant collectors to a completely immersive experience spanning half a state. The image of the tropics that inspired this construction was contrived in the European and North American imagination.

Installation View of flamingo legs

Reptile Lovers of the Freelance Star, 2019
linen and cotton
Coy Flower Comedy of the Catoosa County News, 2019
linen and cotton
Plant Innuendo of the Catoosa County News, 2019
linen and cotton
Tragedy of Honky Tonk Freeway, 2020
linen and cotton
Swamp Tragedy in the Mourning Sun, 2019
linen and cotton