Venus: Step One Venus: Step Two Venus: Step Three Conversing With Venus (10 MB)

The Venus flytrap is native to the nutrient-depleted bogs of the Carolinas where it had to adapt in order to survive. This plant cannot approach the hunt in the way most carnivores do; it must rely on the powers of attraction and illusion, passively waiting for prey to voluntarily approach its false-flower traps. It was “discovered” and named by a man, and since then this plant has been metaphorically linked to a decidedly male perception of female persuasions and anatomy. With this work I seek to explore and expand on the possible symbolic power it can hold from a female perspective. It serves as a representation of internal dialogue about the nature of femininity, the pursuit of self-awareness, and striving for control over one’s environment and intimate spaces.