Remember You Must Die

Wildflowers and spring blooms, cut from the garden and presented in Victorian era glass vessels. The process begins with the preparation of the soil and the nurturing the young plants from seed. Working within the rhythms and cycles of the seasons which provides an abundance of flora, the subjects for these flower portraits. The series is influenced in part by the Vanitas and memento mori genres of still life painting, and offers a meditation around the inevitability of mortality. Glorious in the fullness of colour and structure and even in their last moments there is a gracefulness. The glass bottles, recovered from the soil were once containers for substances often derived from plants. Each vessel holds the stem alive until it fades and is returned to the soil once more.