Sculpture, installation, 2019
Mixed media, 60*140 cm
Photosynthesis is the most uncomplicated process of energy transformation and an example of light-dependent reactions. The life of a flower is a cycle of consuming, transforming, growing and dying.
The project involves modelling an existing form, inspired by the cycle of birth and decay, resulting in an object with an ambiguous origin. An aim was to render organic form through an urban-utopian prism and to investigate the mutation of natural and machine-like form.
The flowers of evil is a book by Charles Baudelaire. It includes notions like Spleen, decadence, the term of beauty, the motif of disgrace and decay. For Baudelaire, it becomes a kind of gestural language, a poetic medium. The notion of grace for him is neither presentation nor representation, but something like an artificial alternative to birth.
Baudelaire says nature is a system of perpetual analogies in which one thing always corresponds to another — physical objects to each other (colonnades in a temple, for example, to trees in the forest).
The cycle of decay:
Flowers do not age honestly like leaves, which lose nothing of their beauty, even after they have died. (G. Bataille, Visions of Excess). Flowers wither, and they die on stems that seemed to carry them to the clouds.
Photo credits: Maria Sizikova