“Pushing Daisies”
2018
irradiated daisies in glass and resin

A physicist helped me dose daisy seeds with radiation to mutate them like flowers found near the Fukushima meltdown. The Japanese daisies were elongated and duplicated, resembling caterpillars or conjoined twins. They reminded me of the infamous 1964 campaign ad from President Lyndon Johnson that depicted a little girl counting daisy petals until a nuclear explosion engulfed the TV screen. The cartoonish and childlike daisy is a potent symbol of innocence, or in this case, innocence corrupted.