Discord in Paradise 2019

Some background information on my newest piece of work Discord in Paradise submitted for a call for entries with the title of “The Garden of Eden”.

Ponto Sombra/Connecting Threads is my current exhibition at the Recordatorio Rainha Santa Isabel/AfredoBastos Coimbra, Portugal. Blue and white paper roses constructions were placed around the bases of the statues of Rainha Santa Isabel and partly inspired Discord in Paradise.

The Miracle of the Roses. According to legend, Queen Isabel left the castle in winter to distribute bread concealed in her cloak to the poor. Challenged by the king (who did not approve of her charitable work) Isabel exclaimed she was carrying only roses. Suspicious, the king exclaimed, “Roses? In January?”. On opening her cloak roses were revealed.

A perfect blue rose is impossible in nature. This reflects the unattainable state of man remaining in the Garden of Eden while having eaten from the Tree of Knowledge. These blue roses can also inspire thoughts on contemporary issues with man’s relationship with the environment, for example the environmental impacts of the cut flower industry.

My mutant roses display strange, disconcerting forms set against silk papers and delicate stitching. Discordant juxtapositions of surfaces; pattern; holes and perforations recall tracks of insects degrading the perfect beauty of the flowers, in colours not normally seen. The roses speak of discord, rather than love.

Measuring 195 cm x 58 cm the work is constructed from handmade silk papers, hand printed from laser cut wood print blocks with hand stitching and wrapping, cutting, heat treatment, layering and surface manipulation.