Bloom: Revisiting Flora

By Jo Phillips

This summer the revisiting of floral structures and the constructions of visual images present an array of exquisite artwork, from different artists whom explore innovative ways to present floral formations and arrangements.

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At Long & Ryle this summer, from the 7th May till the 12th June , Jocelyn Clarke’s presents ‘Small Moon’, a collection that is inspired by bloom and nature. Clarke professes her inspiration on her latest exhibition, from her walks in Cornwall. “Small elements such as leaves, dry branches, roots and grasses often catch my eye. Drawn to their complexity and power of association, it is this initial encounter that is the starting point for the journey in to making a painting.”  She explores natural forms by constructing the image of nature to connect it with memory and symbolism.

Artist, Melanie Miller looks at traditional still life, but Miller subverts this conventional ideology by transforming objects that have been lost, found and discarded into revival pieces that are to be reborn into something new and ambiguous. Miller states that, “ I am interesting in painting that slows down the process of looking. The ‘found objects’ are painted life size; their small scale invites close scrutiny and an intimate focus”. Miller presents a new found admiration in objects that are underestimated and misunderstood, she illustrates this by establishing her love for life paintings of flowers and nature.

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Daisaku Kawada uses her work to develop vibrant colours alongside natural aesthetics. She comments that,”my work consists of kaleidoscopic imagery gathered from numerous sources ranging from geometric patterns to natural forms”. She uses two very contrasting influences to infuse together an element of surrealism. The relationship between three dimensional form Kawada credits, provides the viewer and audience to enter a realm of “limitless space of organic and geometrical/architectural suggestion”.