Gay Gardens is curated by Patrick DeCoste. The project’s inspiration comes from Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish scientist, who published Systema Naturae in 1735. The book describes his method of naming and classifying plants based on their sexual organs and sexual actions. Society was shocked and embarrassed by the botanical orgies happening in their back yards.
Jurors Jowenne Herrera and Patrick DeCoste, selected works from various mediums and subjects to be a part of our online garden exhibition/publication.
Here is the juror’s comment about Elizabeth Elkin’s striking work:
Elizabeth Elkin’s A Hint of Frangrance is a flower painting. We received many submissions of flower paintings but could not include all of them in Gay Gardens. Elkin’s flower painting is filled with big, bold, transluscent strokes of colour. The image of the flower almost dissolv-ing into abstraction. The balance of angular pale geometries in the background with bright organic petals in the foreground, gives a lusciousness to the painting, looking like lickable licorice and popsicles.