Michael Rowe, Jr: Prints 'n Things
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Blood Types
This is an ongoing series of work I've entitled, "Blood Types," that seeks to put to imagery my interpretation of human fragility and emotion. Beginning in late 2013, I was particularly interested in chronicling the themes of sickness and health through stark pastel pieces depicting limbs and figures interacting with a variety of flora. Flowers and insects, therefore, play just as much of a dominating role in Blood Types. Another sub theme is the long-forgotten Victorian practice of floriography, or, the language of flowers. What was originally developed as a means between loved ones and friends to elicit hidden meaning behind certain arrangements of flowers, now makes a more modern resurface in this series. This new way of looking at the coded messages behind flowers reminds me much of how we give flowers as gifts to other recovering from sickness, i.e, a hospital, etc.