Redacted Carnations by Kavel Rafferty

  • Redacted Carnations by Kavel Rafferty


    Limited edition giclee archival print


    Signed edition of 20


    Size: A4, unframed


    The green carnation began as a symbol for Oscar Wilde and his followers. In 1892, he had one of the actors in Lady Windermere's Fan wear a green carnation on opening night, and many of his younger followers wore them as well. It is likely that Wilde chose a green carnation because of his belief that nature ought to imitate art, and not the reverse. Since a green carnation does not come from nature, it embodies the unnatural. This is how the flower implies homosexuality, though Wilde never made such a direct admission.