Chemical Bouquet examines the overuse of pesticides and the introduction of GMOs through the lens of ornately framed 19th century floral still life painting. Victorian flower bouquets overflowing with familiar botanical plants have been subverted and populated with odd and unsettling imagery associated with chemical intensive farming practices.
Beautiful flowers have been replaced with bloated cow udders, syringes, 18-20th century medicinal and botanical plants (corn, soy, rapeseed, cotton), Agent Orange barrels, and aspirin pills and bottles—all components associated with Monsanto Chemical Company products. Collage material cut from vintage botanical lithographs, pharmaceutical catalogs, and agricultural (USDA) manuals.
Photo credit Rocky Kenworthy