In metal, Flora finds a rugged beauty. It reminds her of the qualities of mountains and rocks etched with time and rooted in place. It’s unyielding strength becomes an invitation to a tussle, to change its form. This she does, using the strength of her hands and body, a flat sheet morphs into an undulating shape. Or, as a prospector of the land, she delves into an unassuming surface, and then through chemical alterations, brings forth beauty from what was once plain. Nature is Flora’s muse: whether it’s earthly and textural or lyrical and rhythmic. Her primary focus is creating a texturally enriched surface, and the never ending beautiful ways it can happen.
Flora “paints” the metal’s surface using layer upon layers of different substances. This process sets in motion an evolving “alchemy” of chemical activity, as she works and reworks the metal. Her choice of “substances” include kitchen staples like salt, vinegar, and baking soda, to cleaning products like bleach, or other agents such as sawdust, muriatic acid, and commercially produced metal patinas.