Roses, pins, bows, and polka dots are used to revisit the notion of femininity in art as well as the romantic and nostalgic. Flaming roses are overwrought, expressing excessiveness and repressed emotion, while referencing traditional textiles with the use of pattern and vibrant color. Improved roses present a formal arrangement of damaged and misshapen petals that are outlined (or corrected) into more aesthetic shapes. The works on paper explore the dichotomy between nature and "man-made" and feminine and masculine. The metaphor of perfection overlaps with my feminist philosophy concerning societal expectations about the way women should look and fit in.