>> I had been meaning to post this small collation of “unnatural flora” which I had partially picked up from some extraordinary sets during the SS17 shows. Â The main culprits being Rodarte’s arrangement of neon light tubes, yellow-hued wild flowers trapped in steel frames, looking like industrial wreaths on the ground. Â And then there wasÂ Dries van NotenÂ ‘s twenty-three floral arrangements encased in rectangular blocks of ice, created by the Japanese flower artistÂ Azuma Makoto. Â Then I thought back toÂ Simone Rocha‘s 2015 collaboration with photographer Jacob Lillis, culminating in a series of photographs “Flowers and Cars” where humble gatheringsÂ of English blooms sprout from the seats and bonnetsÂ ofÂ rusty old vehicles.
Two days after the US Elections, for some reason I mulled over these images of unnaturally trapped flora. Â Their unexpected beauty took on a different meaning. Â They’ve become flowers thatÂ mourn something of a heavyÂ loss – the full consequences of which are yet to play out. Â Whether embedded into steel, frozen into ice or crashing into chassis and engines, there’s a swell of meaning in these poignant bouquets, that go beyond surface-level prettiness. Â Time to reflect and rethink.
Installation inspired by Lillis’ photographs in Simone Rocha’s Mount Street store at the beginning of this year (from Amuse)
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