BOUQUET OF BURDENS

 

Mixed Media (Cut paper, Calligraphy, Spray Paint, Wire), 2022

The Bouquet of Burdens is a twisted menagerie, giving visual expression to the dangers of gathering our problems around us and keeping them close.

 

Scripted Arabic words for worries and burdens form the heads of flowers. Cut from paper, then brightly painted, their stems and leaves are sculpted using rough-edged wire. Overall the effect is bright and attractive, yet the underlying metal structure is barbed with thorns. The flowers represent the dangers of becoming our worries and letting them overtake us. They manifest the gentle balance between beauty and pain, benefit and drawback, disguising hardship with falsity. The work also touches on the way in which Arabic words, with multiple levels of meaning, enrich our understanding of each.

 

Anxiety: A delicate yet unignorable force that creeps its way into a person’s consciousness and then threatens to engulf its host. Despite the obvious power of this force to destroy and do us harm, people tend to gather their problems close and focus on them, reliving them, until we become them. While it’s equally obvious that letting our problems go would improve our lives and mental state, people can’t help but use them instead as a crutch. In this way our worries and problems are like a vine of inescapable, terrible, insistent beauty. Seemingly innocuous or even beautiful and important, we initially invite it in, but it will ultimately engulf all in its path, choking us out even as we cling to it for support or identity.

 

Our anxieties are an undeniable, unstoppable force. In these times more than ever, confronting these thoughts and acknowledging the destructive power of letting them overtake us is a universally relevant and vital undertaking. By giving them visual expression and drawing attention to this underlying tension, the bouquet spark challenges viewers to examine their relationship with the direction of their own emotional energies.

 

Bouquet of Burdens
Bouquet of Burdens

40x40x60cm Mixed media, 2022

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Flower_22
Flower_22

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_21

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_20

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_18

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_19

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_17
Flower_17

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_16

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_15

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_13

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_14

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_12

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_11

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_10

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_09

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_06

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_07
Flower_07

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_04
Flower_04

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_03
Flower_03

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_01
Flower_01

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_02
Flower_02

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_05

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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Flower_08

A stage 1, pre-cutting design for a "worry flower". Arabic calligraphy, ink on paper.

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