Fragile Vegetation enveloped in Crystals – Botanical Sculpture by Alyson Mowat

This alluring flower you are romanticly gazing at right now with a mysteryous smile on your face is not a fantasy. Although it may seem like that at a first glance. It is real plant encrusted with stabilised crystals. But these flowers were not picked at some alien back garden. These dazzling art pieces you are about to see are creation of Alyson Mowat. She specialises in botanical sculpture. Therefore, you will see her living works often encapsulated or suspended.

“I explore the ephemeral, natural change and preservation allowing my work to evolve as nature takes its course. Offering the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.”, she said. And I couldn’t agree more. Due to living flora, fluidity of these sculptures is enhanced so much so that you start hoping to see some of these in nature. In addition, Alyson established Botanique Boutique in 2013. Botanique creates bespoke installations with the ethos of elevating plants to works of art. Although, seing them in person would be much greater experience, these photographs encapsulated their beauty perfectly.

 

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In these new photographic and sculptural pieces, I investigate the relationship between two natural elements. Juxtaposing the organic and the inorganic qualities of plants and minerals, respectively. Resulting in the great aesthetic beauty that nature delivers. The association of the seemingly stabilised crystals and the breakdown of the plant as it decays towards death, evokes the relationship that exists often in nature between parasite and host. Begging a comparison of the parasitic association we hold with our own world.

 

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In the sculptural pieces, the physical plants are suspended. In space, but not in time. Showing directly the consuming effects of the crystals in relation to their fragile host. Despite the seemingly opposing structural changes, both the plants and crystals move, gradually, towards a decline in order.

 

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Getting to know Botanical sculpture

We are all aware of short-lived and fragile nature of the plant world. You would imagine that this would create many obstacles in creating art with it. And to be fair, it does. However, being able to experience ever-changing presence of these sculptures may leave deep inprint in your mind. Maybe even deeper than some of  artpieces that survived the centuries unchanged, cold. As these gorgeous sculptures fade away slowly in decay, I am starting to wonder. What sort of awe will I experience from Alyson’s future pieces?

 

 

Visual content courtesy of Alyson Mowat. Photography by Tai Silverman.

Finally, to see more of Alyson’s astounding botanical sculptures please check out her website Botanique Boutique. In addition,  check her Facebook page for more details.

Igor Stanković

Igor Stanković

Hi, my name is Igor. I am a freelance design & multimedia contractor from Serbia and founder of Tagax Design and Whizual blog. Being passionate about art and aesthetics, and interested in variety of different topics I thought that I should share some of my insights and hopefully inspire some people in their creative thinking.

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