Thorny roses, poisonous bluebells, and the carnivorous Venus flytrap are pinned beneath sheets of acrylic within the works of Ant Hamlyn. The London-based artist (previously) continues his herbarium-style sculptures that think about the human impulse to choose and protect flowers. Vivid specimens on the peak of life are squashed underneath the artificial materials, showing supple, energetic, and within the midst of suffocation.
In his newest physique of labor, Love, Loss of life & Velvet, Hamlyn incorporates velvet alongside shiny, inflatable plastic. The tender, easy material is an costly, laborious textile traditionally accessible solely to the rich, and utilizing it for forget-me-not petals and colourful bouquets provides questions of worth and luxury to the concurrently playful and menacing sculptures. “The tactile act of hand stitching, stuffing, and squashing can both be seen as preservation or destruction,” the artist said recently. “Equally to nostalgia, on one aspect remembering a fond place or reminiscence, on the opposite, eager for a time that may by no means get replaced. I like the concept that my works have this melancholy twist.”
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