This week's theme was inspired by Dawn Ng's Into Air exhibition. I was contemplating deeply about the ephemerality of life after attending it and really wanted to make floral arrangements to express a similar line of thought. Little did I know how close this theme would strike my heart, as just two days later, a close friend departed the world, which then resulted in arrangements made in remembrance of her.
All things move towards an eventual and inevitable death. Our lives on earth are but specks in the stream of time, and seasons pass one after another, with no repetition of any. There are many things you cannot undo or redo, and they dissipate with the flow of time, yet there is a certain beauty that unravels as we look at a life moving through the seasons. What struck me about Ng's works was the lining of hope and appreciation for life sewn into her expression of its ephemerality. I think sometimes we are so gripped by the eventual loss that it's easy to lose sight of the beauty of different stages in life.
I've been quite taken with tanka poetry lately, and so the theme this week was inspired by a tanka from Amy Lowell.
Roses and larkspur