17TH CENTURY GENTLEMEN TALK ABOUT FLOWERS (2018)

A set of four single-sheet zines exploring flower imagery in 17th-century poetry written by men. It turns out that when men write about flowers, what they’re often really talking about is women. Hand-cut and collaged flowers, maps, star-charts, prose and handwriting are intermingled and juxtaposed to form new interactions between text and image. These collages serve as a evocative ground when layered beneath the selections of 17th-century verse that float above.

Fair Tulip: verse from “Hymn to Light” by Abraham Cowley (1618–1667)

Lovely Rose: verse from “Song” by Edmund Waller (1606-1687)

Bright Lily: verse from “A Celebration of Charis: IV. Her Triumph” by Ben Jonson (1572-1637)

Giddy Peony: verse by Matsuo Bashō 松尾 芭蕉 (1644–1694)