alisa holm | 2014 bones and flowers
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2014 bones and flowers

I draw inspiration from my own diary entries and passages from novels I’ve read. Even the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world. Life hangs precariously, delicately. People are fragile, they break easily, their dreams and hearts. I combine bones and flowers in these drawings, and sometimes self portraiture. The skull is traditionally painted in memento mori vanitas still lifes – to some, the skulls call to mind death. But they are also about life, nature, vitality. Bones are the underlying structure of the human body. They can be delicate like flowers. I want to address these elements directly by drawing them into combined forms. The drawings are about the journey of life – the delicacy as well as unending strength of nature.