Flowers are the ultimate vanitas, reminding us of the fragile and transient nature of life. Funeral Wreath is a gesture of sympathy and condolence for those in mourning. We are still in a global pandemic and we are all grieving.
This drawing is a reaction to product images from 1800flowers.com. American floral aesthetics are impersonal and commercial. Oversaturated stock photos and cliché titles feign sincerity: Healing Tears, Sincerest Sorrow, Heartfelt Farewell, and Cherished Memories. In order to create a unique wreath with integrity and symbolic meaning, I collaborated with florist Nicole Absher and drew from her creation. This drawing is a memorial for the victims of Covid-19.