MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW
| VEGETABLE MATTER - FLORAL FASHION SCULPTURE - PEOPLE'S CHOICE |
ABSTRACT FROM MIFGS DISPLAY
"The concept behind my floral fashion sculpture is centered around the idea of the grain line and the ever present nature of it within vegetable matter regardless of the stage of life cycle. After reading the 1847 novel Les Fleurs Animees, The Flowers Personified, by J.J Grandville, the link in my mind between flowers and humans was formed. The novel employs the use of anthropomorphized flowers to conduct a social commentary on humanity with parody and a highly satirical undertone; crowds of flowers beg their flower queen to make them human so that they may feel human emotions. Their wish is granted though the flower queen laments that their decision will bring them tragedy as human life is also filled with folly and sadness. Touched by the wisdom of this main flower character, the silhouette of my sculpture is informed by a regal aesthetic – an ode to the flower queen and her subjects. In that respect I have strived to address the personality and individual beauty of vegetable matter through my heavy use of sliced dehydrated oranges and grapefruits. The exploration and observation of grain has been an intrinsic process throughout this project. The diagonally, hand-woven texture of the flax relates visually to the technique of cutting fabric on the bias grain, giving the floral sculpture a fashion context. Furthermore, I have attempted to portray the everlasting presence of the grain, not only during life but after it as well. I feel that the grain is the most vital part of a fabric as it affects drape, shape, form and ultimately creates the structure and base of the material. By creating a cocoon, cape like silhouette I hope to highlight the grain of the citrus fruits used, as the sunlight shines through their flesh, illuminating them like stained glass windows.
Overall I endeavoured to create a sculptural piece that is balanced, warm, aesthetically pleasing with a spiritual element, but also highlight the beauty of vegetable matter in all of its forms – in life and in death. "
- Natalie Kieleithner