At the occasion of Brooklyn Falls for France, a cultural season of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, in partnership with FACE Foundation, the exhibition The Role of a Flower took place at OSTUDIO, in Brooklyn until October 27th 2019.
The exhibition was curated by Marie-Salomé Peyronnel, an independent curator and writer based in Brooklyn, NY and featured 6 international artists working with flora in various forms and various medium including photography, textile and installations.
Siri Thorson’s Dutch Master-inspired still life Polaroids; painterly textile works by Sophia Narrett;Baptiste Rabichon’s process-driven photographs; monoprints of invasive species by Thomas Fougeirol and C-Print Scans of flowers by Anna Skladmann. These works were presented in a full installation of fresh flowers foraged by “florist of the forest”, Siri Thorson alongside handmade ceramics by FEFOStudio’s Fernando Aciar.
More about the artists
Siri Thorson is a renowned “floral artist” traveling the world to forage flowers and compose monumental arrangements respecting season and soil. Calling the San Juan Islands near Seattle home, she grows her own plants on her family farm.
Textile artist, Sophia Narrett is known for her luscious, large-scale embroidery works featuring painterly fruits and flowers, often examining love and erotica. For the show, the Brooklyn-based artist has created embroidered roses, a recurring symbol in her works.
Paris-based Baptiste Rabichon was originally trained as an oenologist, using this interest in plants and vines as inspiration for the subject of some of his photographs. Mixing photographic mediums, he has developed a method of combining digital and analog photographs in the same pieces, allowing his work to seemingly transcend past and present.
French artist Thomas Fougeirol is interested in the thin line between paintings and photography. Here, he presented a series of colorful monoprints examining invasive species, turning the sometimes ugly sides of nature into its beauty.
London-based photographer Anna Skladmann presented large scale C-Print Scans of flowers, from the series ‘A Goddess Manifesto – The Coming Age of Hyperintelligence’.