"Love Me Not" was also created for this local exhibition. However, I did not intend to make it from the beginning. The idea came to me one night as I was looking at "Love Me" and I thought it would be interesting to make a pair. "Love Me", of course, is about the strength and beauty in love, and this piece is about the heartbreak that could come from love.
There is a great deal of destruction in this piece. The black rose in this case is representing a broken heart, burnt and peeling apart. This rose is actually made of a thicker tag board, unlike the rose in "Love Me" which is made of thin colored paper. Even though this "heart" has a stronger foundation, it is still falling apart. The pearls are coming loose and no longer holding the rose together. If there isn't a strong bond hold the two together, they both will fall apart.
This piece was on display at EFFJAY PROJEKTS (Now - Frank Juarez Gallery) in Sheboygan, WI from August 4 - 31, 2011.