>> I had been meaning to post this small collation of “unnatural flora” which I had partially picked up from some extraordinary sets during the SS17 shows. The main culprits being Rodarte’s arrangement of neon light tubes, yellow-hued wild flowers trapped in steel frames, looking like industrial wreaths on the ground. And then there was Dries van Noten ‘s twenty-three floral arrangements encased in rectangular blocks of ice, created by the Japanese flower artist Azuma Makoto. Then I thought back to Simone Rocha‘s 2015 collaboration with photographer Jacob Lillis, culminating in a series of photographs “Flowers and Cars” where humble gatherings of English blooms sprout from the seats and bonnets of rusty old vehicles.
Two days after the US Elections, for some reason I mulled over these images of unnaturally trapped flora. Their unexpected beauty took on a different meaning. They’ve become flowers that mourn something of a heavy loss – the full consequences of which are yet to play out. Whether embedded into steel, frozen into ice or crashing into chassis and engines, there’s a swell of meaning in these poignant bouquets, that go beyond surface-level prettiness. Time to reflect and rethink.
Rodarte S/S 17 set of neon, steel and wild flowers created by Bureau Betak
Dries van Noten x Azuma Makoto floral arrangements encased in ice at S/S 17 show
“Flowers and Cars” photographed by Jacob Lillis for Simone Rocha
Installation inspired by Lillis’ photographs in Simone Rocha’s Mount Street store at the beginning of this year (from Amuse)