FADE: PORTRAITS OF BREIF LIVES
Flowers figure prominently in mythology and religion, often symbolising the eternal cycle of life, death and rebirth. Their brief lives are a testament to the fragility and swift passage of life on earth. They may bloom for only weeks or days, before they wilt and fade away, only to re-emerge in the spring and start over again.
These images are part of a series, celebrating the timeless grace and ethereal beauty of these beings, as they grow, interact and return to the earth.
My work is greatly influenced by the Old Dutch Master Painters of the 16th and 17th Century, particularly Rembrandt and Vermeer. I am endlessly fascinated by the delicate interplay of light and shadow in their paintings. Light is used to lead the viewer in, and shadow and half-light, to make some things understandable to the eye and loose others in mysterious darkness. I am also captivated by their studied and powerful use of composition, often focusing on the bottom half of the canvas.
I have drawn on these techniques, to illuminate the splendour of these botanical creatures. Each is named after a painting which captures their essence: