Photographic Series (2018)
Throughout history flowers accompany us through major events in life, be it birthdays, celebrations, illness and eventually in death. Taking on visual and symbolic queues from Dutch Vanitas paintings, Botanical Impossibilities explores both the symbolism behind objects and the act of preserving them.
Dutch Flower paintings traditionally presented a sublime arrangement of flowers that would never usually bloom together at the same time. It allowed the artist to create a construct from previous studies. In the very same sense ‘Botanical Impossibilities’ is the act of creating new constructs.
The series explores the act of preserving objects that have been donated or discarded by their previous owners. These enduring vessels are celebrated once more juxtaposed against flowers, butterflies, birds, mice and slugs, beings that are essentially transitory.