Karma Dahlia II

Krista Schoening's avatar Krista Schoening

My entry is a large-scale flower painting -- part of a body of work which springs from my dual interests in old-fashioned garden flowers, and seventeenth and eighteenth century European botanical still life. This ten-foot round canvas is based on one of the varieties of dahlia I am growing in my garden: the "chocolate" variety of "Karma Dahlia." Dahlias interest me, in part, because we cherish and propagate their gaudy mutations. They are among the species whose reproductive success is due, in large part, to their ability to seduce humans into propagating them in large numbers. I like this strange inter-species relationship. The flower itself, becomes art, with the plant's genetic material as medium.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1.5"
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Width: 10'
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 10'