REVIEWS FOR WOMAN'S OWN BOOK OF HOUSEPLANTS


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MICHELLE LEFTHERIS

JULY 15, 2015

In her part-photograph, part-collage images, she combines and flattens freshly harvested plant material with images taken from a 1969 book presumably published for housewives of the era. These images, made with the clarity of a flatbed scanner, vibrate somewhere between living material and artificial images, and between delicate softness and mechanical flatness. Taking cues from the Japanese Oshibana process of pressing flowers into illustrative images, Michelle extends this technique into the two-dimensional space of the scanner. Woman’s Own Book of Houseplants, like much of Michelle’s work, contains a touch of wry humor folded into its smartly subversive performance. - JEREMY AUGUST HAIK