About this piece:
I spent the early days of the pandemic lockdown raking dead leaves and clearing flower beds in the yard of the house I was renting. No sooner had I finished this that a new challenge presented itself: dandelions began their slow but persistent return into the garden over which I thought I’d gained control. Eventually, the days in lockdown added up and I stopped keeping up with the number of dandelions that scattered the grass; I watched the garden become covered in yellow. The dandelions were still blooming when protests against the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor arose in my town.
Made in the early days of June 2020, this small print is a meditation on flowers as strategy of protest and resistance; it is a personal, visual synthesis of the spraypaint I watched grow across downtown and the spontaneous offerings of flowers that followed several evening protests throughout the summer.
gouache, thread, paper
About the artist:
Lives and works in Iowa City, Iowa.
Suzanne Glémot is an artist and bookbinder living and working in Iowa City, Iowa. She earned her MFA from the University of Iowa Center for the Book, where she concentrated in bookbinding and letterpress printing. She makes one-of-a-kind artist books and produces limited edition books and broadsides under the imprint Stoat and Heather Press.
Through her studies at the University of Iowa, Suzanne is additionally trained in book conservation. She works on book repairs and custom binding commissions at her bindery in downtown Iowa City.