In an identifiable departure from the traditions of botanical art, four artists are bringing a new and dynamic lease of life to this form. Stepping away from older presentations of botany, their three-dimensional representations celebrate the plant world in a refreshing and tangible way.
Exercising his former rock-star talents by channelling this energy into a completely contrasting discipline, Azuma Makoto has taken to stardom on another stage. Putting his work out into an equally cutthroat industry, it was recently applauded at a Dries Van Noten fashion show where 30 two-and-a-half-metre-tall ice blocks filled with flowers lined the catwalk and melted in time to the show. Just one of his many collaborations with high-end fashion brands, Azuma has rocketed the traditional bouquet into another dimension.
Identifying as a floral artist, he points to the synergy between music and flowers as each hold their own frequency. His latest work, ‘Botanical Sculpture: Damned Ikebana’, is an equally fantastical display that invites the viewer to challenge their floral assembling blueprint. Inspired by ikebana, the Japanese tradition of flower arranging, Azuma has created dystopian fibre sculptures that are simultaneously menacing, alluring and wishfully edible. Ideas that could easily manifest in a Lewis Carol novel, Azuma will continue to contest the way we see, place and play with flowers.