Original three-dimensional floral, clock and mixed-media artworks

This unique and delicate series of artworks contemplates our relationships with time and how we come to terms with its passage. Based on an innate sense that the passing of time can be loaded with hope and wonder, and concurrently with the grief of its passing, these intimate works are about how we live with, treasure, grieve, bury and inhabit the accumilation of moments that make up our pasts and our visions of the future.

Hindsight by Anna Masters

"Within these works, I try to capture moments of transience before they pass. The petals are halted in their decay; the butterflies never cease to fly in their sculpted nylon worlds; clock parts are suspend apart from each other and prevented from ticking. These artworks are an expression of beauty, of love, of presence and a plea for pause; an appeal to inhabit this moment for just a little longer. Yet somehow still they cannot shed the weight of time. Though time appears to be halted within the frame, life continues fast-paced and unblinking around the work."

This series of mixed-media works are created by suspending materials on grids of clear nylon. The compositions are developed over a number of layers, giving the appearance that the materials are floating within the space, and creating a sense of depth; they can be considered wall-sculptures or three-dimensional collages. Clock parts, watch components, dried flower petals and butterflies are most commonly used in Masters' works, symbolising time, transience and change, though she also incorporates book extracts, bank notes, costume jewellery, and backgrounds including gold and silver leaf, acrylics and oils. 

Every artwork is unique and handcrafted by Anna Masters. Please contact Les Galeries Bartoux if you would like to know which works are currently available.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are the dried petals preserved?

The petals in these works are dried and preserved using UV protective resin. These works are also glazed with UV protective, anti-reflective glass.


What petals are used in these works?

Floral art works are created using dried petals from various flowers - predominantly rose, calendula, hydrangea, cornflower and delphinium petals. These are sourced from UK flower farms in Shropshire and Sussex.

How are the butteflies sourced?

Any butterflies or moths 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. No butterflies are bred or caught for these artworks.

Where do you get the watch and clock parts from?

Watch and clock parts are recycled from used clocks and watches as well as factory seconds - they often show signs of rust and wear, which point to the unique history of the material istelf.

How are the artworks presented?

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

Where can I see the works in person?

Anna Masters' works are available exclusively with Les Galeries Bartoux. Please visit their website to find your closest gallery. As the works are slow to produce, there may not be an example of the works in every gallery, so please check before travelling. Please join the mailing list (below) to hear about new collections, exhibitions and open studios events.

What are the prices of these works?

Prices are range between £3,500-£12,000 depending on size. If you are interested in a particular piece, please contact Les Galeries Bartoux for further information and prices.

Can I commission an artwork?

Commissions are welcomed. It is useful to consider your size and budget, and to identify a selection of existing pieces that you like so that a design can be based on your unique taste. If you would like to commission a piece, please contact Les Galeries Bartoux who will be happy to advise you.

How do I buy an artwork?

Anna Masters' artworks are available exclusively with Les Galeries Bartoux. Please contact the gallery if you would like to know which pieces are currently available.