It all started out as a morning creative exercise where I would go out the backyard with my cup of coffee, get some fresh air and collect random materials to create whatever that came to mind that morning. It was sort of a meditative/warming-up activity that I would partake regularly while enjoying one of my favourite drink in a stress-free environment. These creatures bloomed to be the result of this creative drive.
Natura Insects are series of hand-arranged floral insects made with real plants and flowers found, foraged and acquired throughout the years. Each single piece to these insect-shaped puzzles is organic and is destined for decomposition. It is a humbling reminder that nothing is forever especially within nature and that ephemerality is something that life cannot ignore. As an artisan of nature, I try to be respectful of these precious resources and be mindful of how I use them for my creations. Many of these insects were created with plants that grow in my backyard. I have witnessed the seeds sprouting, growing tall and blossoming as beautiful flowers. I nurtured them from their beginning stage to their final stage and come decay, they return to earth through composting. Just like a farmer, there is a bond that is formed between the care-giver and the produces through these interactions. So, naturally, I want to give it my best to capturing with my camera, the vividness and the freshness of the ingredients.
Today, I took a photograph. I felt like I captured the beauty of the moment. Certainly, ephemerality is inevitable but, on this very day, joy was felt and that makes me realize that perhaps I have truly come to appreciating life through understanding of the inescapable outcome that is death.