Emma Wood



The Series

For this project, Life Cycle in Flowers, my aim was to suggest symbolism and meaning through the type of flower I made, the materials used to make the flowers as well as how the flowers were arranged. This created a dialogue between the natural and man-made: by making natural forms from man-made materials. Both the image and the subject matter have been constructed.

The idea to focus on the symbolism of flowers was particularly inspired by Richard Attenborough‘s 1969 musical film: Oh! What a Lovely War. In this film a particular flower is used to represent a character’s impeding death: a poppy is handed to one of the characters, moments later they die. This act of a poppy symbolizing the imminent reality of death struck me. My aim was to conjure similar emotion and feeling as the viewer unpicks the meaning of my flowers.