the collaborations of Karen Dunn & Katya Moorman

Toxic Flowers



Reflecting and reacting to the increased anxieties in a post 9/11 world, Toxic Flowers began as a series of delicate, highly saturated, time-based paintings in continuous stages of bloom and decay. Each one evolves out of 1950’s source footage of atomic blasts and explosions pushed into abstraction.

Originally the speed and dimension of the blooms were directly related to the reported terror levels (yellow, orange red)
Post the Iraq Invasion the piece was further developed to include visuals on the floor that would react to the participants movement much like triggering a landmine.

 Toxic Flowers is a series of delicate, highly saturated, time-based paintings in continuous stages of bloom and decay.  Reflecting and reacting to the increased anxieties in a post 9/11 world, each one evolves out of 1950’s source footage of destruction and disaster pushed to the point of abstraction. Where terror levels are reported in color codes on a daily basis, the flowers loop continuously - as ephemeral as fear, as elusive as beauty, each suddenly explodes then dissipates, disappears, like a mirage, like the dust after an explosion, leaving us to wonder in its absence when it will next present.

Toxic Flowers is a series of delicate, highly saturated, time-based paintings in continuous stages of bloom and decay.

Reflecting and reacting to the increased anxieties in a post 9/11 world, each one evolves out of 1950’s source footage of destruction and disaster pushed to the point of abstraction. Where terror levels are reported in color codes on a daily basis, the flowers loop continuously - as ephemeral as fear, as elusive as beauty, each suddenly explodes then dissipates, disappears, like a mirage, like the dust after an explosion, leaving us to wonder in its absence when it will next present.

 Installation prototype

Installation prototype