ARTWORK DETAILS

Aisha Adams Mackay North State High School
DÄ“cadere Photograph
Three separately framed photographs - portrait orientation.

ARTIST STATEMENT

Life and decay are key components in every ecosystem. Without the decay of leaves and plant matter on the forest floor, there would be no nutrients for new life to grow. This delicate balance is often overlooked and the beauty within these processes underappreciated. Flowers, so often seen as objects of beauty have been allowed to dēcadere (fall into decline), the frail and delicate surfaces captured for the audience to appreciate. The photographs are reminiscent of 17th Century still life Vanitas and Memento Mori and serve to remind us of the fragility of life.

ARTWORK PROCESS

Chrysanthemums and marigolds, symbolic of despair, grief and mourning were placed in glass jars, filled with water and left to decadere (fall into decline). Bleach was added, and again diluted to gain control over the speed of decay and the degree of water fouling. Lighting and coloured backdrops were used to highlight the delicate flora. Photographs have not been digitally edited.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Aisha Adams

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