This image was taken the same day as You Don't Owe Prettiness to Anyone.
The pearls belong to my mother and have traditionally been considered feminine and thought to represent purity.
I felt that by showing only the base of the flower vase and not the flowers themselves that the image conveys a sense of feminine mystery.
The shape of the strawberry felt reminiscent of the pubic triangle on a woman and by putting it in the blades of the scissors, I wanted to reference the sometimes painful process that women go through in order to be "well groomed."
I came up with the title because my mom has been so instrumental in and incredibly supportive of this process and my transformation. She has been the main person with whom I have brainstormed and talked through my many ideas. This was also the first image I had printed and I gave to her for Mother's Day.
My process is really much more fluid than this academic description lets on. I don't overthink the arrangement. I often go into the studio with an idea of the message I want to depict but then often put on some music and go with the flow. I try to stay open to what thoughts or feelings or messages might come up and adjust my vision accordingly.
Disclaimer: When I say that something is traditionally considered feminine or in the realm of the female, I am by no means saying that men shouldn't or can't or don't partake of any of these things. I am simply referencing how things have been or are perceived. This is my interpretation only.