The Instant Garden

"…was it not the late Ryszard Kapuscinski, in his magnificent book on the Shah, who realised why Iranians made such beautiful carpets. They wove birds with splendidly coloured wings on to silken trees and rivers and blossom-covered branches. And they would throw their carpets to the ground, creating a garden in the desert.”  


Using the idea of the ‘instant garden’ created when a richly floral carpet was thrown to the ground in ancient Persia, I create a new kind of ‘garden’ using composite images of industrially grown flowers. The result is a product of a slow, ponderous process of assembling ‘pieces’. The soft lighting, reminiscent of Dutch Still Life paintings, is used to enhance a sense of distance and deep space as the “real” flower is converted through software into the flower symbol found in many ancient decorative arts.

‘Floriculture’ is an attempt to bridge the ‘hand-made’ elements of highly detailed and painstakingly constructed crafts (needlework, lace making, quilts, crochet, etc. ) with the techniques of digital manipulation and construction that have emerged with new twenty-first century photographic software.  

So ‘Floriculture’ plays with ideas around control and stylization that have been present in discussions of ‘nature’ for centuries. This work sits in the uncomfortable space between the aestheticization and the exploitation of nature, offering not conclusions, but suggestions about ‘making’ rather than ‘shooting’ and a new relationship between ancient and modern that speaks to both.

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  • Large prints from the Instant Garden Series
    27/04/2016
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    Floricultures
    Large prints from the Instant Garden Series
  • 29/06/2015
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  • The Instant Garden began a long time ago with a journey around Italian churches painted by Giotto.
    09/05/2012
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    Background notes
    The Instant Garden began a long time ago with a journey around Italian churches painted by Giotto.
  • Interview with Lisa Creagh, Artist
    30/03/2013
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    Rfotofolio, January 2017
    Interview with Lisa Creagh, Artist
  • Floriculture 2 is featured in this new compendium of Fine Art and Botanical Drawing spanning three centuries including photographers such as Charles Darwin, Brassaï, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Mapplethorpe, Georgia O’Keeffe and Irving Penn
    29/06/2015
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    'Plant: Exploring the Botanical World' by Phaidon
    Floriculture 2 is featured in this new compendium of Fine Art and Botanical Drawing spanning three centuries including photographers such as Charles Darwin, Brassaï, Yayoi Kusama, Robert Mapplethorpe, Georgia O’Keeffe and Irving Penn
  • 29/03/2013
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    Instant Garden press 2010-present
  • A three minute podcast looking at the drawings used as a basis for the Instant Garden Series
    30/03/2014
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    Celtic Circles, 2014
    A three minute podcast looking at the drawings used as a basis for the Instant Garden Series
© Lisa Creagh 2017