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Dedicated to Flora, the ancient Roman goddess of flowers, Sheryl Humphrey's "The Sisterhood of Flora" is an ongoing
series of small-scale oil paintings, depicting girls' and women's faces surrounded by blossoms. With mysteriously compelling
gazes directed at the viewer, the subjects of these portraits from imagination take on an otherworldly aspect, even as they
merge with the flowers around them.
Like sibyls or oracles, Humphrey's "sisters of the flower seem far-seeing or possessed of some arcane knowledge.
The women in these invented portraits can be seen as the flowers' guardians, or as the spirits of the rose, the morning glory,
the lily, and even the lowly dandelion.
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