Botanical Tyranny, 68 pages, color, is a book of original drawings by Jane Rainwater. Botanical Tyranny features "beautiful flowers," insects and Memento Mori. When looked at closely, the flowers are made of weapons, bomb, swords, guns, etc. People are often attracted to the aesthetics of an image or object that stimulates desire. Decorative objects are collected and exhibited in the home as status symbols of affluence and refinement. My work engages the viewer with its seemingly innocent decorative delight; yet upon closer examination the work challenges and questions our attraction by revealing darker truths. My drawings, diagrams, mixed media installations, sculpture and prints explore the paradox of “horrible beauty,” illuminating my concerns regarding the environment, wealth, greed, violence and cultural tradition.
Jane Rainwater is an artist, designer and "gypsy scholar." She is the owner of Rainwater Design, a full service design studio and teaches art and design at several colleges and universities in Connecticut. She holds a MFA from The Art Institute of Boston and recently was awarded a Radius Emerging Artist Fellowship from The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT. Her work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums on the East Coast.