The photographs used as reference for these prints occurred from March 7 to March 14, 2021, nearly one week before the 2021 Spring Solstice. Each of these etchings were produced in an edition of 5 and served as the foundation for the series of lithographic works in One Week in Spring.  

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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”

The phrase “one week in spring” was a signifier of a specific coincidence from 2018. While looking back at my archive of photographs documenting mine and my partner’s disheveled bed in the morning, I noticed a consistent set of photographs spanning one full week at the onset of the spring solstice. I was drawn to this idea of change and growth associated with the season. My practice slowly began to shift during this time to be about learning and a patient production, focusing on the space and context of gathering, of quiet, of intimacy. 

During the Covid-19 pandemic however, the simultaneity of stillness and transformation occurring in everyday life brought a natural disruption to established routines. This new work was produced under my own tense framework of urgency that avoided overthinking—these prints are purely about play and curiosity. This imagery draws upon nature and the biological systems modeling change, the concept of emergence, and the added coincidence that the start of the 2020 pandemic lockdown also happened before a spring solstice. I continue my investigations on intimacy, but here I look more at grander gestures and arrangements as a means of navigating and discovering possibilities.