“painting with flowers”

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Oh my WORD. I’m pinching myself over this episode. I absolutely love the work of London based installation artist Rebecca Louise Law. I’ve written about her before, but I was so excited to finally talk to her in person. I wanted to find out where her story began, if she’s afraid of heights, and why she’s obsessed with hanging thousands of flowers from ceilings all over the world. Actually, I’m kind of obsessed with her hanging thousands of flowers from ceilings all over the world too. You can listen under those flowers hanging in London’s “The Garden Museum”,  or you can subscribe on iTunes.

Let’s start with these beauties… they are the first installations of Rebecca’s that I ever saw {aka when my obsession began}:

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Right? Well things got a lot bigger from there. More wire, more height, and of course, MORE FLOWERS. Here are a few random shots of awesomeness, including Rebecca in action:

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Can you even imagine standing under these suspended gardens? Can you imagine wiring and hanging all of these suspended gardens?!

We didn’t actually talk about this installation, at Bikini Berlin, but I had to include it:

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Wow. {photos via Bikini Berlin}

I’m pretty sure we touched on this installation for a few seconds, so I think that’s enough for me to include these gorgeous photos! The show is titled “The Beauty of Decay” … it just came down yesterday {sorry!} in San Francisco:

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Oh, so dreamy. I love the photos of the work, but I have to say, I love the photos of Rebecca in action just as much. I’d be thrilled to watch her install one of these stunning gardens someday. {photos via Chandran Gallery, San Francisco}

Ok, this is the big beautiful crazy piece we talked about the most! “The Canopy”, a permanent installation in Melbourne… that used over 100,000 flowers!

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Yes! And also, NO… I could not get myself up that high, hence asking her about a possible fear of heights during the speed/get to know you round! That’s also where I found out which flower she would use if she were only ever allowed to use one flower from now on. After careful thought, Rebecca chose…

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Helichrysum aka straw flowers. Excellent choice. Oh, that was really, really fun… and mark my words, she is headed straight for the art history books! Thank you so much to Rebecca for fitting me into her insanely busy / flower-filled schedule, thanks to Saatchi Art for supporting this episode, a new thank you to audible.com for making my new book into an audio book – and for letting me NARRATE?! To preorder a copy of the audio book FOR FREE, along with a 30 day free trial at Audible, you can use my fancy link: audibletrial.com/JealousCurator

And you know what comes next … a BIG thanks to you for listening. There will be more art for your ear next weekend.

ps. Artists need to know math. Stay in school, kids! ; )






comments (8)

  1. Julie /// 08.06.2016 /// 8:26am

    So Gorgeous!! Lovely listen! Thanks again Danielle x

  2. Kiana Mosley /// 08.06.2016 /// 10:05am

    simply phenomenal!

  3. Laurie Kanyer /// 08.07.2016 /// 7:29am

    just full of love, love for creating, love for insight, love for passion (and all that goes with it as demonstrated by you artist today) deep committied (i am) to creating from this podcast and all others. Todays podcast and so many other have lifted my spirits so — and thank you. i am a jealous curator fan girl. my journey with you began when after a number of years of not making (i worked on a seven year project to open a non-profit gallery, Yakima Light Project Gallery—it took all my creative energy + i worked full time as a counselor serving expectant women on aid). anyway i waiting of my niece to have her first baby and i had to have something to do. i took paining lessons for years go go. so i thought to collage. i realized i was not using previous expensive materials and i knew the importance of using my body as i waited (wrote a book about children’s grief and loss and they theory is to move the grief energy from potential toxic levels in the body – kids need to move – big muscle and small). so i decided to collage. before long i was deeply engaged and began to research about collage AND the clouds parted and i found you book(s). and now the podcast and all of this wonderful stuff.

    i had success with the collage and found listening to the podcast and making college almost like wha ti imagined art school on the college level to be like. lectures, advise, inspiration and making. anyway your work has helped me to experience what i promoted in my book, and with my clients (many who are doing soon well).

    along the way i thought i might put my foot back in the professional art world, promoting, selling looking for representation and i, now at retirement age, reflected on what i get to do and love, listening to the jealous curator, doing surgery on paper, combining ink + paper, writing great titles and not worrying but diving deep into humor, beauty and the should of art.

    thank you and all your artist. you are a gift and an international treasure. you have bleesed me and so many others.

  4. the jealous curator /// 08.07.2016 /// 7:50am

    wow. so beautiful… thank you laurie, and i’m so happy you found collage!

  5. Sion Chang /// 08.07.2016 /// 3:24pm

    interesting!

  6. Marina Dunbar /// 08.07.2016 /// 6:58pm

    so absolutely stunning. I’m inspired

  7. Hilda /// 08.17.2016 /// 7:30pm

    Such a lovely interview! I especially appreciate her commitment to making art everyone can experience.

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