JENNIFER B. THORESON

FLORA

2010

Flora is a collection of five photographs, made following the artist’s visit to San Francisco’s infamous prison, Alcatraz. The series is inspired by the juxtaposition of metal, concrete, cold surfaces and small spaces, with the flora of the island and pristine gardens tended by the incarcerated prisoners.

In this work, plant life from Alcatraz has been photographed and placed together with the female figure on linen cloth to represent the specimen, the curious and fantastical concept of the ideal woman—her form, figure and fragile beauty. Each woman is presented as an icon, almost religious in nature, staged and doll-like.

Through this work, Thoreson suggests renewal, re-invention and resilience.

 

10'' x 10'' image | 11'' x 11'' sheet

EDITION: 10+2AP

Archival Pigment Print on Hahenmühle Bamboo