paper origami flower in carved stone planter
A flower, to me, represents the ephemerality of our lives, and its bittersweet beauty. A flower blooms, a baby is born; a blossom dies, a person passes away. I find such a direct symbolism between the life of a flower and the life of a human that making these is almost a tactile way of contemplating my own mortality. Every one that I make is different – a different type of flower, a different color of paper, a different shape of stem, but they all share this common thread of the shortness of life, and the melancholy beauty that I associate with it.