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Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

Artist: Betty Hahn (American, born 1940)
Date: 1980
Medium: dye diffusion prints (Polaroid Polacolor II)
Dimensions:
Image: 26 7/16 × 20 5/8 in. (67.2 × 52.4 cm)
Support: 29 15/16 × 21 7/8 in. (76 × 55.6 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of Betty Hahn, 2014
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2014.5.1
Description
Playing off against the classic romantic overtones of floral subject matter, Betty Hahn instead creates a more clinical examination of flowers in her Botanical Layout series. Working at a time when many female artists were revisiting crafts and subject matter traditionally associated with women, Hahn tackles the delicate realm of flowers with a clinical eye. Placing them in a scientific context, the artist removes their symbolic and decorative overtones to create both an instruction manual and a memento mori.
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