A physical meditation on beauty and solitude.

The reproduction of flowers.

The flower in the work’s title refers to the self-pollinating kind, but the underlying idea is the biological utility of beauty as an attractor. The dancers bump bellies, or they climb and swing like gymnasts on three flowerlike sculptures made of looped steel cylinders, pliant under the application of weight. Despite the undulating and arching, lessons about the birds and the bees remain implicit, so it’s fine to take the kids.
— The New Yorker
Scientists use the term ‘perfect flower’ to describe flowers that are equipped with both female and male reproductive structures and have the ability to self-pollinate. I have been examining them as an example of self-sufficiency and as inspiration for this project that we are developing with the California Academy of Sciences.
— Jodi Lomask, Artistic Director

About The Perfect Flower

The Impetus

Flowers show us that beauty is a useful tool of natural processes. It is necessary for attracting pollinators and sustaining life.

The Process and Creators

While at Djerassi Artist Colony, Artistic Director, Jodi Lomask designed three 7-foot steel objects using wire from the shed. She then spent six months working in conjunction with architects, botanists, and biologists from the California Academy of Sciences to develop the concepts behind ‘The Perfect Flower’. She worked with blacksmith/artist Mark Nichols, fashion designer Kimie Sako, composer Noah Thorp, musician Kristina Forester, Assistant Director Cari Delaplane, photographer RJ Muna & Anthony Lindsay, and media artist Nate Pagel.

Educational Programs

We worked with educators at Youth in Arts to develop a version of The Perfect Flower that includes the story of pollination. With this project, we encourage curiosity in the natural world and the greening of urban spaces.