Secret Pansy Dictionary


Secret Pansy Dictionary,  1999
Materials: dried flowers, ink on paper
Size: 3″ x 8″
Collection: B. Gallo

I made this piece as a reaction to the idea of invasion of privacy through reading someone’s journal without permission.  I started by making watercolor backgrounds collaged with home grown and pressed pansies.  Then I used the cards to write out all of the secrets I’ve ever had or known about in my life.  I made the words private by re-writing more secrets over each line, and then repeated that process again until I couldn’t decipher what I had written.