In collaboration with M. Lohrum and Arika Narikyo. Setouchi Triennale 2016 – Complex Topography: Movement and Change, Ritsurin Garden, Takamatsu, Japan. PVC sheet, acrylic paint 79 x79 cm, 18 panels, wire, Japanese paper
Hybrid Flowers is a collaboration by 3 artists from Japan, the United States and Spain. Handmade flowers represent the places that each artist has called home: a bright red hibiscus symbolizes the islands of Hawaii, a deep purple iris personifies backyard gardens in America, and a multi-coloured sterelitzia reflects the tropical vibrancy of the Canary Islands.
In paintings displayed in the windows, the artists have taken elements of the three flowers and combined them together in a new way. The results are ‘hybrid flowers’ – curious creations that the artists never would have imagined on their own but are able to visualize collaboratively. Can we, through cultural integration and exchange, cooperation, respect, and understanding, create things that we may have never imagined possible? Can we strive to create more ‘hybrid flowers’ around the world?