Alli Rooney is an artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. She attends the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is working towards a BFA with an emphasis in photography and arts administration. She has recently exhibited works in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Undergraduate Exhibition and I Listen for the Light, a group show at SLS Gallery. Alli is currently an assistant at Andrew Rafacz Gallery and a photography and media intern at Lillstreet Art Center.
The photographic series Femi-flora is an exploration into notions of femininity and artificiality in possessions that are routinely used. My interests lie in the fact that manufactured presentations of flora are produced; what does it mean to interact with artificially created floral objects and patterns and why have these become symbolic of femininity? The focus of Femi-flora is the prevalence of themes concerning flowers and nature in textiles, even when the pattern is not intended for regular observation. The series is concerned with the form, content and the fabricated nature inherent in these objects rather than their use. I am not concerned with the utilitarian aspects of these items, but instead the way floral patterns confer pervasive associations. Through contrasting authentic and produced representations of flora, the work questions why manufactured flora and floral patterns are commodified.