Having a Flower With You is a screen print on fabric, produced for the Queer Ecology Hanky Project’s 2021 summer exhibition at the Women’s Studio Workshop. The print signaled a shift in my work, exploring the fragments of life during a pandemic. Influences included adrienne maree brown’s 2018 book Emergent Strategy, the influence of dandelion movement and growth, and distant gestures of love from friends. This print looks at the queer reciprocity from Frank O’Hara’s poem “Having a Coke With You,” envisioned here as “having a flower with you.” Additionally, as part of the Queer Ecology Hanky Project, I was inspired by the early 70s gay hanky code. In one of the original iterations of the flagging codes, light blue hankies were a way for men signal a desire for oral sex to other men.
Here, I am signaling my own desire to consume change, love, reciprocity, and transformation.
Having A Flower With You, 2021, screenprint on fabric, 22” x 22”