Imagine walking into a floral installation, better still…a hanging garden. That kind of situation is stimuli overload and I’m pretty sure I would die happy right then and there. Maybe you’re with me on this, but I have a maddening inner struggle with my love for fresh flowers. It’s my go-to at the farmers market each Saturday (along with avocadoes, of course), but I can’t shake the notion that I’ve aided in their demise by cutting them from their rooted life. Then I came across the work of Rebecca Louise Law, an Installation Artist based in East London, specialising in artworks made with natural materials, namely flora. Law is passionate about natural change and preservation, allowing her work to evolve as nature takes its course and offering an alternative concept of beauty. Here’s her take (via Huffington Post), “Flowers have become some throwaway thing you buy at a supermarket,” she says, “but all aspects of nature, even the decaying process, have value.” In fact, her ideal project is one that would never stop growing: “I’d love to do a permanent installation in a church or a lighthouse that I can always add to,” Law says, “where people can watch new and old flowers change and age over years and years”.
“As an art student at England’s Newcastle University, Rebecca Louise Law wanted her nature-inspired oil paintings to invite viewers into a captivating setting, but didn’t think a flat canvas was up to the task. “I needed new materials to create an immersive experience,” says Law, 34. So she tapped into her roots for inspiration — “My dad is a gardener and grows thousands of flowers. It was crazy for me not to use them!” With help from her green-thumbed pop, she began hauling carloads of bouquets to her studio and sculpting 3-D installations that could spring from a wall or hang from a ceiling.”
Daydreaming goals, you guys.