RING OF ROSES

A series of original artworks with dried rose and wildflower petals suspended on nylon

Some things are so beautiful it makes my heart ache. It's the sight of my little boy asleep in his bed, it's the sunshine through petals, it's the smell of the countryside after the rain. It's pure joy, laced with the sadness that it, like everything else, will pass. In Western culture we'd call it melancholy, but that's reductive of the overwhelming pleasure of the moment; it's more akin to the Japanese mono no aware, which describes the heightened sensitivity to beauty due to the awareness of its transience. It's an ache that follows me wherever I go - into love, into friendships, into the world. The excitment of something new always bares the weight of something lost.

Within these works, I try to capture these moments of transience before they pass. The petals are halted in their decay; the butterflies never cease to fly in their sculpted nylon worlds. They are an expression of beauty, of love, of presence. Yet somehow still they cannot shed the weight of time.

Technical details

These floral art works are created using dried petals from various flowers - predominantly rose, calendula, hydrangea, cornflower and delphinium petals. The petals are dried and preserved using UV protective resin. The butterflies used in the artworks are sourced from vintage and antique collections, as well as natural death butterflies from UK butterfly houses - they often bare marks and scars from their previous lives.

This series of wall-based works are created by suspending dried petals, flowers and vintage butteflies on grids of clear nylon. The compositions are developed over a number of layers, giving the appearance that the petals are floating within the space, and creating a sense of depth; they can be considered wall-sculptures or three-dimensional collages.

Each piece is framed with a deep white wood frame, and glazed with UV protective, anti-reflective glass.

Please contact Galeries Bartoux if you would like more information or to know which works are currently available.