Stems

Jillian Elliott's avatar Jillian Elliott

Stems 1 & 2. 9"x12" natural ink and graphite on paper + 9"x12" giclee photography print. Stems is a series that explores the chronic pain in my body that stems from my career in floral design and how the destruction of one is necessary for the creation of the other. It dissects how our daily lives and activities manifest within our bodies. For each piece in the series, I create floral arrangements with seasonal foraged flowers and photograph them. I then break down the arrangement to make natural inks from the individual components. Finally, I paint a depiction of my body that has chronic pain from my career using the inks created from the arrangement and visualize the pain by drawing lines in graphite with the hope that it can one day be 'erased'. The final product is the photo of the arrangement placed next to the painting created from the flowers. Follow more of my work on Instagram @jllnelltt

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 "
  • Medium: natural ink + graphite on paper
  • Width: 12 "
  • Year created: 2021
  • Height: 9 "