September 29, 2022
The botanical works of West London-based artist Ant Hamlyn are research of dichotomies and paradoxes. Polarities of the natural and artificial, consolation and hazard, and preservation and destruction emerge from his sculptures, that are comprised of playful, stylized interpretations of pure life pressed underneath sheets of acrylic.
On view as a part of his solo present Tread Softly, Hamlyn’s most up-to-date items embrace yellow daffodils, nightshades, and a pink flowering cactus that, though alluring for his or her blossoms, are extraordinarily dangerous if touched or ingested in actual life. This sinister undertone pervades the physique of labor, which broadly addresses the precarious boundary between life and dying. All of Hamlyn’s squished material specimens, for instance, are depicted at their prime whereas being suffocated underneath a polyurethane coating and plastic panel. The artist shares:
After I take into consideration the previous time of ‘urgent flowers,’ I take into consideration how once we crush a flower to protect its magnificence, we primarily destroy it to protect it. These works are without delay a celebration and a critique. The human relationship to flowers is a fancy one in the way in which they symbolise love and loss concurrently. For instance, we give dying flowers to one another each in celebration and in grief.
For those who’re in Norwich, you’ll be able to see Tread Softly by October 8 at Moosey Artwork. In any other case, head to the artist’s web site and Instagram for extra of his squished botanicals. (by way of It’s Good That)
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