We are enamored with the melancholy flower art of London-based installation artist Rebecca Louise Law, who is known for her artworks made with natural materials, especially flora. The sensuality of her work reflects the relationship between man and nature. Law is fascinated by natural change and preservation. Her artworks are designed to wilt and dry and develop in beauty as they age. Her work was shown in London at the Royal Academy of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum as well as an installation on Times Square last year. We had a little chat with Rebecca in her garden.
IRMA: Do you prepare the flowers you use for your installations?
Rebecca Louise Law: Yes, they are all entwined with copper wire.
IRMA: Which flowers do you prefer, the wild ones or the ones from the flower shop?
Both, wild are special because they a rare and uncultivated, yet cultivated flowers are fantastic for huge installations.
IRMA: Your favorite kind of flower?
The Garden Rose is a treat for its ephemeral beauty and intoxicating scent.
IRMA: Does a smell of a flower inspire you for an installation?
No, I always see flowers like I see paint. For me it is about colour, and painting with flowers.
IRMA: Do you use perfume, if so which one?
Personally I switch between three: Jo Malone – Red Rose, Angela Flanders – Breath of Hope and Miller Harris – Etui Noir & Lumière Dorée.
IRMA: The material you use dies or is already dead. Is that an underlying theme in your work?
Yes, I see value in a preserved flower, if prepared properly it can be used as a permanent sculptural material.
IRMA: Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
No, this is subjective.
IRMA: How can I win your heart?
Good chat, good food and good wine.