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Hothouse Flowers

18 x 144”, hand-stitched cotton and found textiles, 2005                                  in the collection of Appleton Museum of Art

artist statement

“In our urban hothouse life that tends to ripen everything before its time, we must teach nature…Two staples, stories and nature…constitute fundamental education.”                                           

                                                                                                                               --- G. Stanley Hall, 1910

A horticultural tinkerer who accelerates their plants’ development shouldn’t be surprised with strange growth behaviors, anomalies and failures. Families, peers, institutions and media all push children in different ways to different intentions, some ignorantly benevolent, some with malicious or salacious intent.  How can society be surprised by the children it accelerates into bulging over-stimulated adolescents?

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