The designer has used brightly colored pressed flowers to create x-ray-like skeletal forms. I don’t know where she gained the inspiration to intuitively link pressed flowers and x-ray images of bones, but the dried transmitted images of the pressed flowers certainly resemble x-ray photographs. The tenacious passion to make entire skeletons in this manner is rare. The skeletons illustrated with colorful pressed flowers arouse a strange and deep emotion within the viewer of a fusion of beauty and death, and gorgeousness and solemnity. In The Book of Tea, Okakura Tenshin spoke that without flowers, humans would suffer misery in both life and death. This may certainly be true. “Flowers” support our lives and our deaths with the special presence they possess. The same intuition is present in this work, and it conjures up the enigmatic image that circulates flower and woman, life and death, through aesthetic sensation.
(Supervisor: Kenya Hara)