Works    2012 Forevermore

At the pre-burial “viewing”, the bereaved are often confronted with their loved one in an artificially beautified state of what appears to be perpetual preservation. Artificial plastic flowers, found in abundance in our cemeteries, are ironically in a similar kind of suspended animation. Many of these plastic gardens are tended with great love and devotion and exist defiantly alongside their natural counterparts. These flowers however, don't really blossom into their fullest beauty until they have weathered at the grave for several years.

The flowers in this exhibition are significant, as they are each taken from the graves of people I once knew. Most of the flowers have been at the gravesites for many years and, like the body at the “viewing”, have now been treated with acrylics to preserve their current transient state – in perpetuity.

Forevermore - Installation detail by Sarina Lirosi

Forevermore - Installation detail  2012

Pink Rose in box by

Pink Rose in box  2012

Poppy in box by

Poppy in box  2012

Rosebud in box by

Rosebud in box  2012

Pink grave flower by

Pink grave flower  2012

Found flower, gloss medium

23cm tall

Poppy grave flower by

Poppy grave flower  2012

Found flower, gloss medium

23cm tall

Purple Grave Flower by Sarina Lirosi

Purple Grave Flower  2012

Found flower, gloss medium

23cm tall

Spindly Grave Flower by

Spindly Grave Flower  2012

Found flower, gloss medium

23cm tall

White Rose Grave Flower by

White Rose Grave Flower  2012

Found flower, gloss medium

23cm tall