Bronze / 2016 / Nature / Flowers

Blossfeldt's Apprentice

  • Prize
    Gold in Fine Art/Still Life, Bronze in Fine Art/Still Life, Bronze in Nature/Flowers
  • Photographer
    Elaine Duigenan

The objects are painstakingly hand made out of twist ties. They attempt to recreate some of the plant structures that were the subject of iconic photographs by the German artist/teacher Karl Blossfeldt in the 1920’s. The limits of working with such a humble material become the prime focus as the arrogance of attempting to imitate nature is shown in the subtle tensions between perfection and imperfection.

Elaine is a photographic artist based in London. She has exhibited internationally and has work in collections which include the V&A and The Museum of Fine Art in Houston. Her work is represented by Klompching Gallery in New York. Alongside making her own series of work for exhibition, she undertakes artist residencies and works alongside institutions such as Wellcome Collection to devise and deliver special projects. In late 2009 one of her images was flown to space by Astronaut Leland Melvin on the Space Shuttle Atlantis.