Empty Vases

Memento Mori

Still Life 8c.21 (Gamboge, 1400 B.C.)

The subject matter for this series, a cut flower bouquet, serves as a memento mori: a requiem for the balanced relationship between humans and nature that no longer exists. Gone is the moment when we thought we could cultivate and impose our will upon our earth without repercussions. As if we could hold beauty - represent nature as an image - without destroying it in the process.

Vases ranging in age from a few decades to 3 millennia are taken from the archives of museums and filled with hand drawn flowers, one-dimensional substitutions for the arrangements of the past.