These art pieces are not your usual still lifes. Each still life is made up of individual, separate fragments. Every fragment shows an instance, and the entire piece is composed over a period of days to weeks, as I watched each individual flower reveal itself from bud to bloom, and from bloom to decay. To me, showing the beginning and end of the flower, gives a more complete and balanced still life. We often praise the bloom, and ignore the decay (to be thrown into the rubbish bin).
Aesthetically speaking, plastic flowers are ever more lifelike in their appearance. Yet why do we still place importance in the genuine, living article? I think it is because as we celebrate life and growth, we intuitively understand that death and decay are unavoidable.
There is no life without death. It is impossible to have growth without decline. We increasingly celebrate growth and life, studiously ignoring decline and death. These opposites are inextricably linked, and it shall be to our detriment if we wilfully ignore the opposites of the positive ideals/traits we seek.
On the one hand, we have the instinct to live at all costs. On the other hand, we have space and resources on Earth to live today because others have passed on to make room.
Pursuing life / growth without consideration of the limits of death / decline is unbalanced.
Why is life precious? Why is growth important? Because they have their inevitable opposites. If life can be attained without death and growth achieved without the risk of decline, will these sought after ideals and traits lose their lustre, and no longer be treasured?