The Florist
Jenine Marsh
August 14th - September 14, 2014


The Florist, mix media, 2014
 

The Florist, flowers, latex, acrylic paint, plexiglass, 2014
 

The Florist, flowers, latex, acrylic paint, plexiglass, 2014
 

The Florist, flowers, latex, acrylic paint, plexiglass, 2014
 

The Florist

the daisy is named for the old english word daegesaege which means
day’s eye it opens its eye during the day and closes it at night
which also gave it the name solis oculus or sun’s eye and it is also
called thunderflower because it blooms during thundershowers and it
keeps away lightning and it can be used to heal bruises and chapped
skin which gave it the name bruisewort and it belongs to the
asteraceae family which also includes asters and sunflowers and aster
means star a daisy looks like a star but it looks more like the sun or
a shiny yellow egg yolk sunny side up and it is the largest family of
flowering plants with more than 16,000 genera and 23,000 species that
is almost 10 per cent of all flowering plants rivalled only by the
orchid andthe daisy family which is also known to scientists as
compositae was classified in 1792 by paul dietrich giseke who was a
german botanist and close friend of the swedish so-called father of
modern taxonomy carl linnaeus andthe flower is believed to be more
than 4,000 years old which isn’t as old as dinosaurs but they were
found in cave paintings and during the excavation of the minoan palace
on the island of crete they found hairpins decorated with daisies but
even before then you can find them on egyptian ceramics and later too
they are often depicted in medieval paintings of meadows andandy
warhol did some blotted-line daisy paintings in the 1950sand they are
symbolically connected to saint john the baptist and the virgin mary
and the christ child and the norse goddess freya andprincess daisyor
casually justdaisyin super mario who is the princess of sarasaland
but although she is the ruler of sarasaland she currently resides in
the mushroom kingdomand the plants in the daisy family include the
lettuce and chicory and globe artichoke and sunflower and safflower
and jerusalem artichoke the leaves themselves and petals too are
edible and high in vitamin c so cows and humans and worms love to eat
them raw in sandwiches or salads there are also species that include
flowers used as herbs and in herbal teas and other beverages such as
chamomile and calendula and arnica also used for potpourri or
medicinal tea like echinacea andthe flower was used as a charm to
magically turn grey hair back to blackand daisy is an acronym for
diseases attacking the immune system andother homeopathic uses include
using it toslow bleeding and relieve indigestion and ease migraines
and it is known as the gardener's friend for its ability to soothe an
aching back well reallyis it any surprise that so many people have
been named for the flower like daisy fuentes or daisy miller or daisy
buchanan or daisy lowe or daisy duke or daisy duck it was first used
as a given name in the 19th century around 1880 at the same time many
other plant and flower names were coined andit was supposedly queen
victoria's favourite flowerbut it was still the 166th most popular
name for girls born in the usa in 2011 and it was in steady use for
american girls throughout the 20th century and was ranked among the
top 200 names for girls between 1900 and 1940 but it declined in
popularity between 1960 and 1980 but not for long because it has been
climbing in popularity since the 1980s and it was the 294th most
common name for all females during the 1990 united states census and
daisy was the 17th most popular name for girls born in england and
wales in 2010 and the 44th most popular name for girls born in
scotland in 2013 but still no boys named daisy i guess and some of the
varieties of daisies are here we go spanish daisy the blue daisy the
lazy daisy or prairie daisy the african daisy the michaelmas daisy the
swan river daisy the tatarian daisy the painted daisy the paris daisy
the shasta daisy the crown daisy the oxeye daisy or marguerite the
nippon oxeye daisy the giant daisy the kingfisher daisy the sunshine
daisy the seaside daisy the gerbera daisy the transvaal daisy or
barberton daisy the tahoka daisy the livingstone daisy the gloriosa
daisy the dahlberg daisy the zulu princess daisy and the butter daisy
but daisies are not made of just one flower actually a daisy is made
up of two types of flowers disk florets and a petal-like white ray
floret and the disk florets are at the centre and the ray florets are
at the periphery but they are arranged to give the impression of being
a single flower and this arrangement is a type of inflorescence known
as a capitulum and the stems of daisies are smooth and leafless and
support a single flower and they have three or four inch flower stalks
and the leaf texture varies and may be smooth or hairy narrow at the
base and slightly lobed and the flower stalks are generally longer
than the leaves they should be planted in a sunny location but not too
hot please and watered lots and phosphorous in the soil promotes big
bright blooms and symbolically the daisy means innocence and purity
and love and you can tell love’s fortune by plucking the petals and
saying he loves me he loves me not sort of like the little girl inone
of the most controversial political advertisements ever made for
incumbent president lyndon b. johnson’s 1964 campaign which only
aired once on tv but is considered an important factor in his
landslide victory or make a daisy chain or push up the daisies
oopsy-daisy don’t do that in roman legend the nymph belides caught
the eye of vertumnus the god of orchards and didn’t want his
attention does that mean what i think it means but anyway she changed
into the flower bellis which is the daisy's botanical name bellis is
latin for pretty and perennis is latin for everlasting so 
basically fresh as a daisy it is associated with the month of april and
the zodiac sign taurus and it is mary quant and flower power and věra
chytilová and the prague spring and it is a geyser in yellowstone and
a lake in florida and in canada and it is a town in arkansas and an
unincorporated community whatever that is in georgia and kentucky and
maryland and missouri and oklahoma and virginia and west virginia too
there is also something called a daisy ham and also cheddar cheese
that iscylindrical in shape and weighs about 20 pounds which seems
awfully specific for something no one has ever heard of and it also
means someone or something of first-rate quality as val
kilmersaysas doc holliday in tombstone released in 1993 but is not to be
confused with dais which is a low platform for a throne daisy is a gun
brand and a sour cream brand and daisies are found everywhere on earth
except antarctica of course and by the way it is a perennial flower



Exhibition text compiled by Rosie Prata



Jenine Marsh (b. 1984, Calgary, Canada) received her MFA from the
University of Guelph in 2013 and her BFA from the Alberta College of
Art and Design in 2007. Nationally, her work has been exhibited in
numerous art venues including G Gallery, Toronto, ON; Ed Video,
Guelph, ON; Truck Gallery, Calgary, AB, Struts Gallery, Sackville, NB
and Stride Gallery, Calgary, AB. She has twice served as artist in
residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts in 2009 and 2010, and other
residencies include the Vermont Studio Centre in 2011, Alberta
Foundation for the Arts' Alberta Future Leaders programme, 2011 and
Struts Gallery, 2010. Marsh is represented by Cooper Cole Gallery. She
lives and works in Toronto, Canada.