Mel Watkin: Mighty Chrysanthemum Tree

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GIVING FLOWERS POWER. My recent drawings are based on the wide variety of trees and flowers surrounding my old farmhouse in rural Southern Illinois. The drawings are meant to be alluring, but also a bit menacing because, as recent events show, nature is beautiful, but it can also be deadly. "Mighty Chrysanthemum Bouquet" imagines a tree-sized handful of Chrysanthemums. I like to think that in a bad windstorm these 26.5 feet tall flowers might sway ominously and fall thunderously to the ground. (I started making large-scale tree and flower drawings after a tree crushed my car during a major windstorm. A real wake up call!) In addition, flowers played an important role historically in my small agricultural town of Cobden. It was once a flower-growing center and fresh cut flowers travelled up to Chicago daily by train. Sadly, with overnight global commerce, flowers are no longer a viable crop for Cobden, but they still come up "volunteer" by the 100s in abandoned fields throughout town.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: n/a
  • Medium: Pencil, colored pencil and acrylic on paper painted to look like graph paper
  • Width: 38 inches
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 26.5 feet