Jessica Larva suspended #742 lily flower

Suspended #7422012 
24-inch by 30-inch digital print face-mounted on non-glare acrylic

This piece is part of a larger body of work that seeks to engage the space between and around our concepts of life and death, presence and absence. The subject matter draws from floriology, a practice popularized in Victorian England where the symbolic meaning of flowers was used to code messages into bouquets. These arrangements could address topics not deemed appropriate for overt discussion.

The image resembles an X-ray, but it was created using a photographic scanning technique that allows for the substitution of thin, semi-transparent objects in place of film negatives. Through this process the form of the delicate dead lily is preserved in black and timeless space.