Avant-garde floral artist Rebecca Louise Law turns the concept of flower arranging on its head – quite literally – often suspending flowers from the ceiling, as well as creating macabre displays with dying blooms and taxidermy that are more artwork than tabletop bouquet. Her creations have been shown alongside Damien Hirst and Beth Carter’s in art venues including the Royal Academy of Arts and the V&A; she has also created site-specific work in Nagasaki, Athens, New York, Berlin, London and Melbourne. Now Law has a new exhibition opening at the Broadway Gallery in Letchworth Garden City from Thursday August 25 to Sunday October 9, called Still Life: Sculpture & Prints.
“We tend to overlook the wonders of nature that occur around us every day,” says Law. “I want to capture and preserve these moments of natural beauty in my work to celebrate and share them with the world. My art is often associated with death and decay, but I see it as a preservation of life.”
Works in the exhibition, including Hydrangea, Gypsophila (£3,600, first picture), Helipetrum Sanfordii (£7,200, second picture), Head (£1,500) and Buprestidae (£3,600), which are all available to buy directly from Law, pay homage to Dutch still-life painters such as Jan Davidsz de Heem and Ambrosius Bosschaert. They feature flowers and foliage, frequently cased in Victorian-style vitrines and cloches, that evolve throughout the course of the show, and sometimes insects – as if a moment of time has been frozen and preserved forever in the viewer’s gaze.
“Law’s imaginative use of flowers draws on art historical references, yet remains innovative and contemporary,” says Laura Dennis, visual arts curator of the Broadway Gallery.