Perfect Heir (#1), 2015
Floral objects, escutcheons
In each iteration of 'Perfect Heir,' the visual, conceptual, and temperamental traits of an initial image pair - here a decorative cinderblock and an anthurium (flamingo lily) - are refined through breeding in other images, as well as through occasional intermarriage with cousin images. The process, which is heraldry-based, generates the perfect heir of any given image / flower union. Successive generations are represented by unique escutcheons, and as floral art objects derived from those escutcheons.
The floral art objects shown here were included in 'Fictions,' curated by Adam Marnie, at Derek Eller Gallery. The genealogy of five generations of descendants, and five corresponding escutcheons of increasing complexity, are published in F #2, edited by Marnie. 'Perfect Heir' is a collaboration with Kevin Zucker.