The Flowers series is a contemporary rephrasing of the vanitas flower piece, inspired by the Dutch flower painters of the late 17th Century.
The arrangements are made up entirely of artificial flowers, silk and plastic, alongside toy flies, snakes and other reptiles. Every detail of these photographs is intended to mimic that which it is not, not natural, not the original, not a painting, not in a great British art museum. The plastic flowers are a symbol of our contemporary excesses, and willingness to replace the real with an easy-to-care-for copy.
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