Blood Flowers (2017). Media: My Blood and Anhydrous Copper (II) Sulphate

There are various inspirations at play here, which all share a generative and autogenic origin. Helen Chadwick’s “Piss Flowers” and Roger Horns’ “Untitled Works”  and “Seizure”. The process is simple, my blood drips onto a thick layer  of Anhydrous Copper (II) Sulphate (a chemical once used to test for anaemia). On contact with the substratum, my blood immediately forms a bright red “bud”. Then slowly, as my blood interacts with, and feeds the cupric chemistry, a small chimeric flower, comprising  copper and my own blood, begins to  blossom. Aesthetic beauty created out of an alliance of the fundamentals of self and of chemistry.




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