"outside i wear my brightest blooms like a smile but the weeds the weeds they always come stealing the light (tribute to Kate Spade)" by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers "outside i wear my brightest blooms like a smile but the weeds the weeds they always come stealing the light (tribute to Kate Spade)" by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers
"buried beneath my plumes of purple rumbles steel and calm" by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers "buried beneath my plumes of purple rumbles steel and calm" by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers
"sometimes i put on every single flower at once i am transformed into the most beautiful blur of color like a rainbow exploded and i have collected all of the power on the inside" by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers "sometimes i put on every single flower at once i am transformed into the most beautiful blur of color like a rainbow exploded and i have collected all of the power on the inside" by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers
"oh the bright side pollyanna they say be brighter and brighter and brighter but don’t explode ok?" by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers "oh the bright side pollyanna they say be brighter and brighter and brighter but don’t explode ok?" by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers
"outside i wear my brightest blooms like a smile but the weeds the weeds they always come stealing the light (tribute to Kate Spade)" by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers"buried beneath my plumes of purple rumbles steel and calm" by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers"sometimes i put on every single flower at once i am transformed into the most beautiful blur of color like a rainbow exploded and i have collected all of the power on the inside" by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers"oh the bright side pollyanna they say be brighter and brighter and brighter but don’t explode ok?" by Heidi Carlsen-Rogers

outside i wear my brightest blooms like a smile but the weeds the weeds they always come stealing the light (tribute to Kate Spade)

Archival Inkjet on Museum Rag paper

55″ x 40″

buried beneath my plumes of purple rumbles steel and calm

Archival Inkjet on Museum Rag paper

55″ x 40″

sometimes i put on every single flower at once i am transformed into the most beautiful blur of color like a rainbow exploded and i have collected all of the power on the inside

Archival Inkjet on Museum Rag paper

55″ x 40″

oh the bright side pollyanna they say be brighter and brighter and brighter but don’t explode ok?

Archival Inkjet on Museum Rag paper

55″ x 40″

Heidi Carlsen-Rogers

Like an obsessed botanist, I spent two years (2017-18) collecting and photographing over 7000 specimens of everyday flowers, cultivated blooms, native wildflowers and weeds found along the roadside.

I combine my floral photographs to create large-scale composite images that address personal concerns relating to our wellbeing as a society, connectedness to each other, and unspoken rules and expectations that define and limit us all.

Power Masks:

These photocompositions contrast the delicacy and fragility of flowers presenting them as “power masks”, symbolizing a hidden strength and inner warrior that dwells in each of us.

In psychology, the term “masking” refers to the everyday pretending we do to veil and protect our true identity. This series explores how we hide in plain view, revealing only what we desire others to know or believe about us.

Across social media platforms and ingrained within our image obsessed culture, the illusion of perfection is prevalent and fuels a faulty notion suggesting that by presenting a well crafted “face” or persona, a curated version of ourselves is superior to who we really are.

These masks speak to the quiet yet pervasive social voice that implies that we, as our true and authentic selves are not fully adequate or “enough”.

Meant as symbols of empowerment, the objective of the series is to spark dialogue encouraging bravery to “unmask”, a call to eliminate false fronts that weaken us individually and collectively.

Reflecting our humanity, the flowers remind us to stand up, grow, be broken, imperfect but seen.