Perfect Heir I, 2015 / Perfect Heir II, 2019

Escutcheons, genealogy

In each iteration of 'Perfect Heir,' the visual, conceptual, and temperamental traits of an initial image pair - here a decorative cinderblock and an anthurium (flamingo lily) - are refined through breeding in other images, as well as through occasional intermarriage with cousin images. The process, which is heraldry-based, generates the perfect heir of any given image / flower union. Successive generations are represented by unique escutcheons, and as floral art objects derived from those escutcheons.

'Perfect Heir I,' 2015, was shown in 'Fictions,' curated by Adam Marnie, at Derek Eller Gallery. The genealogy of five generations of descendants, and five corresponding escutcheons of increasing complexity, were published in F Magazine #2.

'Perfect Heir II,' 2019, which the plant-based object shown here is from, was included in 'Figuring the Floral' at Wave Hill, curated by Eileen Jeng Lynch and Emily Alesandrini with Jennifer McGregor.

'Perfect Heir' is a collaboration with Kevin Zucker.
Perfect Heir I, 2015 / Perfect Heir II, 2019
Perfect Heir I, 2015 / Perfect Heir II, 2019
Perfect Heir I, 2015 / Perfect Heir II, 2019
Perfect Heir I, 2015 / Perfect Heir II, 2019
Perfect Heir I, 2015 / Perfect Heir II, 2019
Perfect Heir I, 2015 / Perfect Heir II, 2019
Perfect Heir I, 2015 / Perfect Heir II, 2019
Perfect Heir I, 2015 / Perfect Heir II, 2019
Perfect Heir I, 2015 / Perfect Heir II, 2019