2020

Bouquet

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MADELIEF VAN DE BEEK
sculpture, photography
MATERIAL
dried flowers, epoxy resin
SIZE
30 x 19 cm
"During the 17th century, flowers attained a new aesthetic significance: The flower bouquet was stylised as an art form of the ephemeral [...] Fresh flowers symbolised beauty and decay at the same time. Cut flowers were considered to be the emblem of vitality and the sign for the fleetingness of time" (Eichhammer, Barbara in sisterMAG No. 47)

'Bouquet' is inspired by my new found passion for flowers. In the summer of 2020, I started my job as a florist. Learning the techniques of my co-workers, I started to notice the way their hands shape the flowers and leaves; softly caressing, manipulating, and changing the shape and way the flowers rise and fall in the palm of their hands. Making bouquets, an art that won't even last a week. Since flowers decay as eventually do we.

Death and loss is something I as an artist became accustomed too in 2019 when my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer in stage 3+. She wouldn't last the year but is still standing today. 

In honor of the flowers that will lose their petals and soon will be lost in the soil. Tomorrow we'll plant anew. 
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Madelief van de Beek

Visual artist and musician.