Remember You Must Die
Stems cut from the own garden, from soil that was carefully prepared the previous autumn, seeds and bulbs planted in anticipation of new life the following spring. The process gives both pleasure and reward, however fleeting. The ebb and flow of the seasons bring an explosion of green shoots, spring wildflowers and summer blooms which inevitably fade and die. This series is influenced in part by the Vanitas and memento mori genres of still life painting, with references to natural lighting which allow me to ponder over ideas around life and death. Glorious and atmospheric, yet minimal in their last moments. Set in victorian era glass vessels, which were recovered from the soil. These once contained drinks or substances or derived from plants and each vessel holds the stem alive in water until it fades and is returned to the soil once more.