Photographer Melanie Willhide’s series Henbane for Honey Bun is a both a dazzling homage to beauty and a commentary on it’s fleeting truths. Layered images reference various eras of memorable, youthful women in contrast to the unchanging artificial flowers that surround them. From the show’s announcement, “Henbane is a flowering nightshade known for its ability to induce dramatic hallucinations and has potentially lethal consequences if consumed in large amounts. Willhide’s digitally collaged photographs borrow the visual language of the hallucination ….Fake flowers and photographs can be absurd proxies for the real thing yet Willhide reconfigures them in such a way that their qualities become deeply psychological, symbolic and, perhaps, even supernatural.”
Willhide (b.1975) lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work can be seen in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Modern Painters, Blind Spot, and more. The reception for Henbane for Honey Bun is this Saturday, Sept. 6 from 6 to 9 pm at Von Lintel Gallery.
Text by Linnea Stephan