Flora 2018, UV-cured pigment on vinyl and polycarbonate, mechanism, sync strobe, 47"x47"x4"
A motion-portrait of Flora Shallcross Muybridge, wife of pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge (popularly known as the Grandfather of Motion Pictures). Half his age, Flora savored the city’s nightlife and theater scene, eventually engaging in an intimate relationship with an adored actor. The two had a child who was easily hidden from Eadweard, who was often away for months shooting landscapes. Her lover was murdered by Eadweard, the child of their affair orphaned, and Flora died of what seemed like a broken heart. She was 24. Cut from her husband, lover, beloved San Francisco, and child, she wilted quickly.