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Craig Hall Gallery: April 24 - 28, 2023

gallery view

gallery view 2

large drawing on paper with 3D paper flowers
Lily Flower: Nobility, Majesty, Prosperity

original sketch of Lily Flower

large drawing on paper with 3D flowers
Forget-me-not: Respect, Rememberance, True-Love

original sketch of Forget-Me-Not

large drawing on paper with 3D flower/branch
Peach Blossom: Youth, Longetivity, Warding off evil

original sketch of Peach Blossom

large drawing on paper with paper flowers
Forsythia: Anticipation, Excitement

original sketch of Forsythia

artist statment

Unspoken Word
Shannon Fischer & Cynthia Zapata
     What would you think if you were to receive a single rose? What about an entire bundle? Would you think it a confession of love? Would you think any differently if the roses were white instead of red? You may be familiar with roses conventionally conveying romantic love, or white daisies being a flower of death, yet something as simple as the amount of stalks or the bud's color can change meaning entirely. Even the same flower will say something different from country, to state, to individual family.
     The complex language of flowers is surmised to originate in the Constantinople court and later popularized from a book written by Louise Cortambert (aka Charlotte de la Tour) in 1819; Le langage des fleurs. The idea of floriography took off and was spread throughout the world, acquiring a particularly strong popularity in Victorian society with its ability to convey much while saying very little. Our gallery holds that same communicative principle.
     Our pieces are the personifications of select flowers' meanings. We've consolidated both synonymous and differing interpretations of what our chosen flowers stand for cross-culturally. Why we chose specifically the Forsythia, Forget-Me-Not, Peach Blossom, and Lily-pad Flowers is both practical and personal. Practically, for the appeal of the resulting palette their colors create: purple, yellow, pink, and blue. Personally, for how they make us feel. Our feelings are consolidated within the meanings listed in these flowers' descriptions.
     These feelings go beyond the brief descriptors upon the labels, but that is not for this statement to relay. Our words here are not enough. To accommodate this discrepancy we give you our art. We've taken the meanings of these flowers and their importance to us, using multi-media to transform them into people, personifications. These people, pieces, are our flowers full of subjective feeling which we now pass on to you.