While studying for a Bachelors degree in Fine Art at Newcastle University in the UK, Law explored our engagement with nature in two-dimensions, inspired by the works of Dutch Renaissance painters Bosschaert the Elder, and Balthasar van der Ast. With time, her expression outgrew the canvas, leading to the spectacular, site-specific floral sculptures she’s now known for.
Far from esoteric, Law’s work is fundamentally accessible as she invites the public to engage with her practice and her studio, a stone’s throw from London’s renowned horticultural hotspot, Columbia Road Market, is open to the public on Sundays. A solo exhibition, The Hated Flower (2014) poked the proverbial tongue at botanical ‘fashions’, with visitors in on the joke as well as the sculpture, as they were invited to lay beneath a candelabrum of Chrysanthemums and Carnations that celebrated the ‘déclassé’ fleurs. The piece, much like Law’s other aromatic, tumbling, studded and suspended artworks, was as much a comment on time, as well as taste and beauty.
A collaborative exploration of our engagement with the organic, Flora & Fauna (2015), parallels the suspension of nature’s beauty captured in the works of the Dutch Masters. It’s a notion that extends to the tonality of Law’s preferred blooms with her choice to use Rose, Larkspur, and Hydrangea – all flowers whose scent and intensity of colour is the longest-lasting. Therein lies the appeal of Law’s craft; her work is a captivating, multi-sensory investigation of the ephemeral, prompting introspection into today’s prevailing ideas of beauty. Dead pheasants, shells, and insects entangled in the efflorescent folds of preserved petals make what might seem macabre beautiful once more.
“her work is a captivating, multi-sensory investigation of the ephemeral, prompting introspection into today’s prevailing ideas of beauty”