Meggan Joy Turns Botanical Elements Into Human-Like Figures

Seattle-based artist Meggan Joy creates beautiful, flowery, human-like figures. The process begins with her planting the seeds and lasts for months. Joy carefully cultivates her plants in a community garden all summer long. Once they’re in fool bloom, she starts snapping photos and combines them into digital collages that represent female bodies. The collages are enriched with birds, butterflies, and other garden life.

“Color and texture form each woman’s shape, and from the photographs of once-living individual things, portraits of ethereal beings begin to emerge,” the artist tells This is Colossal. Her latest series, titled Battle Cry, shows women in conflict.

Scroll down to see her works. You can find more of Joy’s works on her Instagram page.

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TW: sexual violence and self harm ———————————————————————— Lucretia is a woman who was raped and blackmailed, who then stabbed herself to reclaim her reputation. A suicide that is not only credited for commencing the rebellion that overthrew the Roman monarchy but also depicted by (mostly male) artists ever since. ⠀ ———————————————————————— ⠀ You'll find versions of her throughout the art world, usually bare-chested and plunging a dagger into her chest. Some are more romanticized than others, but mine is possibly the most. Constructed of wispy meadow, including bluebells from my mother's garden, she uproots herself, raising her weapon in defense.⠀ ———————————————————————— ⠀ I've been too scared to make a Lucretia for years, but a collection under the title 'Battle Cry' must include my variant of her. I can only hope my humble contribution to this lore offers a bit of a narrative shift. ———————————————————————— ⠀ Swipe to see my personal favorite Lucretia, produced by Rembrandt in 1666 (one of his last works) – her face is haunting and so familiar, its as if we all know her. (Also depicted is me, with Parmigianino's Lecretia from 1540. Which traveled to @seattleartmuseum this last Fall.) ———————————————————————— ⠀ It’s hard to share a 50”x30” artwork on such a tiny screen, hopefully you’ll be able to safely visit her at @jrinehartgallery // #mj_battlecry

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