Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Rachel Lévy...

Whilst one is at work and has nothing to do, one does like to browse magazines.  Today's choice was The Sunday Times Magazine, from the 23rd January.  I really like these supplements, as I find they contain good articles, and today... inspiration. 

I came across a section on French artist called Rachel Lévy.  She works with wilting flowers that have aged naturally, specifically Kronenbourg roses and blue anemones.  She then photographs them and prints them onto cotton paper which produces a 'watercolour' effect. 

These prints, to me, appear to have an association with death, with their dark tones and shadows, but they are photographed and printed in such a beautiful way, that it appears to turn this 'dying' process into something much less sinister and much more elegant and sophisticated.  It's as if they have been captured in a state of 'Limbo'; their delicate contours and stunning colours portraying their last moments of life,  mixing in with those slightly crisp edges and tiring petals... the signs of the 'other side' calling.

Simply alluring, don't you think?

If you want to find out more about Rachel Lévy, or to see more of her work in real-life, they are on exhibition at the Stephanie Hoppen Gallery in London from January 29th to February 26th.

I think I might have to take a little trip there myself.

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