- Opening Friday 30 January 2015 - 6.30 pm
Exhibition till 7 February
"As a child, I visited many parks with my grandmother and was always surrounded by plants at home, which lead to my fascination with the colours and forms of flowers. To me, they are more than just flowers, they reflect beauty with the heart wrenching promise of eminent death. This is the reason most of my pieces have dark backgrounds, to show the stark contrast between the vitality of life and the mystery of death. Flowers to me also portray the many forms in which love, joy and loss are expressed. In places, some flowers have been joined by the frail beauty of butterflies which possess such a short lifespan or the morbid beauty of a skull, which is the inevitability of our human form.
My work is undeniably influenced by artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Gustav Klimt, whom I have long admired. It is also a visual journey through a peaceful garden with butterflies, statues, a pond of koi and flowers, one which provides respite from a world that today, seems so full of hopelessness. These watercolours are also closely woven with the memories of the members of my family with whom I am and was closest to.
This exhibition is a tribute to my grandmother, Ivy whom unknowingly instilled within me my fascination of flowers, which in turn, has become an almost iconic symbol of life and death for me." (Eloisa Duncan)