The Cycle of Nature and Time
at the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Nov 19th, 2022 to February 12th 2023
105 N. Union Street Studio 9, Alexandria 22314
I used hundreds of plants and flowers in this installation, mainly from Alexandria, Northern VA, or other states.
Here flowers and plants are my colors and paint, and space is my substrate. By drying fresh flowers and plants, I try to show the beauty of life in death, the rhythm, harmony, and the cycle of nature and time in fresh, dried and decayed.
The lack of attention to our environment and surrounding made me have the viewers' attention back again on this cycle while celebrating its beauty.
The metaphors used in this installation are the golden sphere for earth and universe, the clock fixtures taken apart (pendulums and clock hands) for time, Zodiac signs for months, ashes, soil, and clays for decay, and dried flowers and plants for life and death.
Below is the list of plants and flowers used:
Virginia White Crownbeard (Verbesina Virginia)
Southern Red Oak (Quercus falcata)
Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)
GoldenRod (Solidago Rugusa)
Baby Breath flowers (Gypsophila paniculata)
Amaranth (Gomphrena nitida)
Straw Flowers (Xerochrysum bracteatum)
Roses (Rosa 'Mister Lincoln', Rosa chinensis, Rosa 'Papa Meilland)
Hardy Pampas Grass or Ravenna Grass
Bunny tail (Lagurus ovatus)
Carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus)
Smooth Sumac and Winged Wumac
Photo Credits to Catie Leonard @Catieldot and Video by www.Gregory Staley.com