“Unbeknownst to herself, the peonies—trapped snuggly within this book—moulded and bound themselves to three portraits of women. Six months later, she opened the book to find that the flowers had covered Elisabeth of Austria painted by Francois Clouet and Eve/Pandora painted by Jean Cousin le Vieux, and clothed a black slave (unnamed) painted by Marie Guilhelmine-Benoist. This phenomenon forms the basis of deVries’ Perennials (2018). After recognizing the importance of her inadvertent interventions with canonical paintings from art history, she created new works by intentionally repeating the process.” - Julia Nemfield, 2019
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