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This series of photographs takes as its inspiration the ways in which recent technologies such as genetic modification and cloning have facilitated the rapid development of new variations of natural forms, including flowers.

In these images different flowers are fused into impossible hybrids, sometimes using hyper-realistic artificial flowers, sharing a single stem, at other times using real flowers. Dutch flower painters of the seventeenth century obligingly combined different types of flowers into compositions which could never, in reality, be in bloom simultaneously. These photographs similarly proffer impossible scenarios. In some of the photographs these fantastic hybrids attract butterflies which are themselves crafted from two or three specimens fused to create specimens unknown to nature.