Orchids hold a particular significance for me, because they are such a humble, hardworking flower. I heard that some breeds can take up to 9 years to blossom from a seed. Moreover, they are strong plants; I had bound its stem to a stake, and yet it thrusts forward at an uncompromising angle, willing to face the sun. Perhaps this is why Hung Liu chose Orchid as the title for her collage, featuring a 19th century Chinese courtesan:
|Hung Liu, Wild Flower (Orchid), 1999. Lithograph, gold aluminum leaf, collage on paper, 25.125x 19".|
Altogether I find the peaceful sketches from nature and color combinations of muted plums, golds, and reds simultaneously calming and painfully nostalgic.
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ps. speaking of flowers, listen to this.