Rebecca Louise Law
Rebecca Louise Law is a London based installation artist who works with natural materials in order to highlight the environment and its transient nature. Above images show her recent work The Iris which consists of 10,000 fresh blue, purple yellow and white iris suspended with copper wire in a cascade from the ceiling at the NOW Gallery in London. I was drawn to this work initially because of my experience within the flower trade knowing that Iris as a cut flower do not have a long shelf life!
The space has been transformed by the hanging of these flowers; the installation creating an 'interactive exploration of nature' The flowers will wither and die, the flower head will curl, loose its colour, and eventually dry out and go crispy. The transient nature of this is something I am drawn to. The aesthetics of the piece will change within a couple of weeks from being a fresh, spring like spectacle to a cascade of decomposing flowers signifying the cycle of life. From experience the smell created from the 'fresh' flowers will be a burst of green invigorating crispness but as the flowers decompose the smell will turn into a less inviting space to be in.
The shadows created from the lighting of this installation all add to the delicateness and transient nature of the piece. The hanging 10,000 Iris also create an added dimension through these shadows; another reflection of the physicality of space, place and presence.
Aspects of decay, transience and how a space will change by introducing ephemeral materials need to be taken into consideration if I am to exhibit work that consists of ice as a material. Initial thoughts are that I will suspend pieces but how will this work in an exhibition/gallery setting???!
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