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Naked Flowers:
 Poetry Revealed
April 26, 2019—June 10, 2019

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Radiograph of 3 Tulips

Photograph by Tulips by Albert Koetsier

Pink Tulip

Radiograph of Tulip

Photograph by Ted Kinsman





See inside X-Rayed Flowers; read a Poem Flower; enjoy Abstracted and Americana flowers along with other enjoyable sights during our spring show.

Galaudet Gallery’s Spring 2019 Art Exhibit is Naked Flowers:  Poetry Revealed which showcases the art forms of Floral Radiography, Poem Flowers, Abstraction and Americana.


Naked Flowers are both Floral Radiography prints and collaged flowers.  Floral Radiography uses X-Rays to show the inner beauty of flowers.  The pistils and stamens, stems and leaves are laid bare in this extraordinary art form.  The collaged flowers are filled with respectively naked human bodies positioned and collaged to create some magical flowers.

Poem flowers are  to be read, Poem Flowers are moving the forms of free verse poetry to the next level and are inspiringly humorous and enjoyable to just look at. Poem Flowers began as a subset art form of Altered Books which uses books as a source material.  Under Tom Forsythe and Vicki Milewski’s work Poem Flowers have brought the idea of free verse to the next level.  These flowers are not just for casual viewing, interested people can read them as any poem can be read adding to meaning by integrating it with the experience of choosing how to read—a revolution in the construction and enjoyment of poetry.  Vicki’s practice began  by saving all the revision materials from her poetry chapbooks, fiction and non fiction books and when inspired create Altered Books from this material.  Often this process leads to new and alternative readings of the books she has published.  As Poem Flowers progressed, they became poems without the Altered Book foundation.

Abstracted flowers have a poetry and nakedness all their own.  Some of the abstracted flowers in this show were abstracted to show a poem in motion revealing another way to experience poetry and art.

The Americana flowers in this show come from folk artists and botanical artists who push both of those art forms forward by looking into the essence of a flower and its inner beauty.

Continuing our exploration of choice flowers Naked Flowers:  Poetry Revealed   follows the wonder of last year’s choice flowers and the previous year's roses into an X-ray garden of many different types of flowers.   Naked Flowers:  Poetry Revealed is a part of Galaudet Gallery's four year art series Temple of Flora exploring flowers from ancient times to today in preparation for our Temple of Flora show in the winter of 2020.   Naked Flowers:  Poetry Revealed  is time to look inside flowers and see their inner beauty.

Enjoy some quick hits of dopamine among this floral lush with some of the following artists:


Steven Meyers   

Ted Kinsman

Ceclia Wright

P.J. Redoute

Fleur Olby

Karen Ur

Vicki Milewski

Yoshizo Kawasaki

Albert Koetsier

Jennifer Lanne

Dain Tasker

And others!



Please join Galaudet Gallery in enjoying these unique flowers during our spring art show.  Our downtown Eau Claire gallery is open Wed.—Sun. noon to 8pm and by appointment Mon. and Tues.  See you soon and have a gala-day!


The Science


X-rays were discovered in 1895 by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923) in Germany. Working with a cathode-ray tube in his laboratory, Roentgen observed a fluorescent glow of crystals on a table near his tube when Roentgen shielded the tube with heavy black paper, he discovered a green colored fluorescent light generated by a material located a few feet away from the tube.  Roentgen concluded that a new type of ray was being emitted from the tube. This ray was capable of passing through the heavy paper covering and exciting the phosphorescent materials in the room. He found that the new ray could pass through most substances casting shadows of solid objects. Roentgen also discovered that the ray could pass through the tissue of humans, but not bones and metal objects.


Shortly after the discovery of X-rays, another form of penetrating rays was discovered. In 1896, French scientist Henri Becquerel discovered natural radioactivity which is when certain types of atoms disintegrate by themselves. Becquerel discovered this phenomenon while investigating the properties of fluorescent minerals.

Radiographs are the film X-Rays are developed on. “The film in a standard photographic camera sees only reflected light from the surface of objects, but film that is exposed with the x-ray allows for a different dimension of visualization. It sees the shadow of an object by differential transmission of photons rather than by reflection. Either exposed photographic or x-ray film can be used as a negative to make prints.”


“Floral radiography is not new with the first images published in 1913”  but it wasn’t “until the 1930s with the work of Hazel Engelbrecht and Dain Tasker, MD” that Floral Radiography was seen as an art form. 


In the 1930s, an LA doctor explored the spaces within flowers over the course of decades turning his xray camera into a paintbrush.   Dr. Dain L. Tasker, cultivated the photography of  individual flowers using X-ray film producing over 100 amazing prints which show the inner workings of flowers.  Tasker understood the secret life of flowers, understanding when and how to xray them in order to capture the most of their inner lives.  “Flowers are the expression of the love life of plants,” Tasker wrote of his photographs alluding to our upcoming Temple of Flora show.

Radiography is an imaging technique using X-rays, gamma rays, or similar radiation to view the internal form of an object. To create the image, a beam of X-rays or other form of electromagnetic radiation is produced by an X-ray generator and is projected toward the object. The X-rays that pass through the object are captured behind the object by a radiograph (either photographic film or a digital detector). The X-ray picture is stored on a piece of film called a radiograph.

Sequence of Temple of Flora Art Series


Holiday Show

Choix Roses

la debut Redoute Roses



Winter Show

Beauty and Bouquets

Roses: les Deux




Holiday Show

Choix Fleurs

Before the Temple of Flora




Winter Show 

Choix Fleur:

Temple Ouverture 



Spring Show

Naked Flowers: Poetry Revealed

Choix Fleurs:  les Deux: Avant le Temple




Holiday Show

Nu Nouveau Fleurs




Winter Show

Temple of Flora



Altered Books create a new art form using the materials of the book, the altered books here create poem flowers. 


Artist Books are books seen as an art form which uses the idea of book making and turns it on its head. 


Abstract Art offers alternative ways for artists to communicate visual experiences much as poetry uses

Americana Art is a subset of Folk Art and seeks to distill American culture, idioms and history

Floral Radiography: Using X rays to Create Fine Art by Merrill C. Raikes

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Seaver Street Poppy, Dusk

Watercolor and Pencil

by Vicki Milewski

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Life is not to be lived on the Surface Alone

Poem Flower

by Vicki Milewski

Bringing Puddled Flowers

Poem Flower

by Vicki Milewski

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Lisianthus Flowers 

Floral Radiography

by Ted Kinsman

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Icelandic Poppy

Floral Radiography

by Steven Meyers

Blue Delphinium

A Back lit Photograph

by Fleur Olby

Galaudet Gallery

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