Paula Day: Garden Work

March 30, 2017 - May 1, 2017

The garden has evolved over centuries (in some instances) from a place that merely meets a need for food to a place of pure aesthetic pleasure. At one extreme it has become frivolous, but that’s what art is, after all. These scenes are usually beautiful in the classical sense but alternatively, can also be more basic, simple or humble.

I’m interested in the poignant presence of the flower itself but not necessarily solely in a formally enticing, glorious setting. Although in some instances I might take advantage of boisterous abundance of beauty, to call attention to the outrageous audacity of such flagrantly joyful kitsch. Occasionally animals may make an appearance, which tend toward the bucolic. It’s all done in a restrained way. I hope the images are not dependent upon a simple concept of acceptably “pretty”.

It’s this dichotomy I’m exploring; that which goes beyond ordinary sentimental beauty to a considered appreciation of light, color form and motivation. Why do people bother with flowers and gardens? Centuries go by and we never lose interest in them. They are an integral part of our lives and wellbeing.

These are permanent archival, digital, enamel ink prints on an aluminum base. Some are under non-glare, UV protected glass. They have not been digitally manipulated.