Psst! The roses you’ve received for Valentine’s Day will die at some point, if they haven’t already. For many, it’s sad to see something so beautiful fade away. But not for London-based artist, Anya Gallacio. As an artist that enjoys working with fresh flowers, she actually looks forward to seeing the flowers die. To her, decay is beautiful. It is the moment when life meets death, when flowers become interesting.
One of her most impressive works in her portfolio is “Red on Green,” an art installation with a bed of 10 000 fresh red roses, in which she removed the stems and packed the flower heads tightly in a rectangle, creating an stunning display of velvety flowers! For a brief time, the roses can be view are at their most beautiful moment- bright, vibrant and full of life.
But as we all know, in nature, beauty is fleeting. Over time, the roses started to fade and decay. In the gallery space, the roses are left to die and to make a statement. Even in their decayed state, the roses are are captivating and even beautiful. The installation is powerful and thought-provoking. One can’t help but reflect on the complexities of life and death.
“Red on Green” was recently installed in the Tate Britain’s Art of the Garden.
Anya is an artist who is known for her site-specific installations, often using organic materials as her medium to explore the processes of transformation and decay. To see more of her work, visit this website.
*Photos via mymodernmet.com
- Beautiful Photographs of Decaying Flowers by Billy Kidd (funflowerfacts.com)
- Bloom- A Collision of Art and Flowers (funflowerfacts.com)
- A Dress Made with 9 999 Red Roses (funflowerfacts.com)