Chloris After Botticelli


Chloris After Botticelli represents a transition from my interest in mythological figures to botany. In this watercolor, gouache and pen piece, Chloris is illustrated with flowers pouring from her open mouth as inspired by Botticelli’s Primavera. Chloris in Ancient Greek mythology is a spring nymph and goddess of flowers, known for her penchant to irreversibly transform unfortunate heroes into flowers. Her most notable most transfiguration being that of Adonis and Narcissus (anemone and narcissus respectively). With dominion over all things floral, this piece contemplates Chloris’ sovereignty over the bouquet of roses encased in glass tubes ubiquitous to gas stations. Cloched in innocence, the “gas-station rose” fools no one in it’s perverse intentions as drug paraphernalia. In this case, the flower used to deceive with thinly-veiled obfuscation. Though drawings of like this one, the language of flowers is brought out of the realm of the cliche and vapid romance and can be interpreted as a modern symbology for dealing with contemporary issues.



Archival giclée print on artist-quality, cold-press watercolor paper.

Print size: Width 8″ X Height 10″

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