I too question the flowers
The image on this banner is from a larger photographic series called, I too question the flowers. The title itself is my response to a statement in Gertrude play, Objects Lie on the Table, where it is written: “We can decorate walls with pots and pans and flowers. I question the flowers”. I too question the flowers. I question all flowers used to decorate, to commemorate and/or to communicate. I question the beauty of the flowers that are ‘real’ – the ones that I can hold in my hand and smell and see as living, three dimensional objects, in comparison to the other flowers – the ones that are made to appear ‘real’ through fabrication. There exists an absence or a lack in both flowers. In Jacques Derrida’s text, The Sans of the Pure Cut, he writes, “So it is the without that counts for beauty; neither the finality nor the end, neither the lacking goal nor the lack of a goal but the edging in sans of the pure cut…” Beauty (or that which is aesthetically pleasing) isn’t necessarily created in excess or because of excess. It can exist in the presence of an absence, an absence of excess, of the real, of the decorative. It is what you seek out and find in the space of the without; what is left after there is loss, decay, or neglect.
Erika DeFreitas is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist based in Toronto. She explores the influence of language, loss and culture in the formation of identity through public interventions, textile-based works and performative actions that emphasize process, gesture and photographic documentation. Exhibition sites have included Project Row Houses in Houston, The Art Museum at the University of Toronto, The Art Gallery of Windsor, Platform Centre for Photographic & Digital Arts, Centre  for Print and Media Arts, The Art Gallery of Mississauga, the Pollock Gallery at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the Houston Museum of African American Culture. She also contributed a performance to the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. DeFreitas is a graduate of the Masters of Visual Studies Program at the University of Toronto.