Flower Arrangements • Marina Cruz

Jun 6 to Jun 27, 2013 • Tall Gallery

In this show of new sculptural pieces and still life paintings, Marina Cruz revisits the traditional genre of floral arrangements and recasts them as exquisite representations of memory. It is Cruz’s way of exploring the everyday; a way of seeing anew and seeking ordered beauty in the fabrics and floral motifs embellishing the ordinary.

The exhibition is a composite of three evolving series, representing distinct yet connected aspects of Cruz’s artistic practice. She reconfigures the textures and forms of fabric and petal, dress and bouquet to embark on a ritual of recollecting.

In her series of painted dresses on printed fabric, the artist threads through her previous works dating back from 2010. For the artist, the medium is not only physical, but also biographical. This time, she selects fabrics worn and handed down by her maternal grandmother, setting them against dainty printed textiles; the resulting composites linger with an arresting yet familiar sense of comfort.

Cruz also shares a new series of still life paintings, capturing artificial blooms on canvas. Fake flowers, commonly derided or deemed inauthentic and gaudy, are used as subjects and depicted in the freshest and most delicate of tones. Here, the act of painting is not merely a photographic recording, but also a means to alter how one can be seen in a new light.

A highlight of the exhibition is Cruz’s Flower Dresses series. Casting a skirt in fiberglass and mounting them on steel bars, Cruz creates 16 pairs of sculpture flowers that connote the fragile and cyclical motions of unfolding and blooming.

In this collection of quiet yet tensile beauty, Cruz merges the materiality of both fabric and flower, presenting them as signs and tokens of celebration and remembrance.

Artworks from the Show

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 01

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 01, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 02

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 02, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 03

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 03, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 04

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 04, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 05

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 05, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 06

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 06, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 07

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 07, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 08

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 08, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 09

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 09, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 10

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 10, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 11

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 11, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 12

Fake Flowers Still Life Series 12, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 24×18 in

Blue Swirls

Blue Swirls, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil on canvas, 60×60 in

Black and White Bud

Black and White Bud, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil on canvas, 48×36 in

Budding Orange

Budding Orange, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil on canvas, 48×36 in

Flourishing Green

Flourishing Green, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil on canvas, 48×36 in

Indigo Bloom

Indigo Bloom, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil on canvas, 48×36 in

Red Polka Dots

Red Polka Dots, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil on canvas, 60×48 in

Purple Fetish

Purple Fetish, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil on canvas, 60×48 in

Red and Yellow Flowers

Red and Yellow Flowers, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil on canvas, 48×36 in

Helen and Her Secuity Blanket

Helen and Her Secuity Blanket, Marina Cruz, 2013, Oil on canvas, 81×60 in