Friday, 7 March 2014

The fabulous work by E V Day

SEDUCERS is a series of high-resolution scans that magnify the reproductive organs of flowers plucked from French impressionist painter Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny.  

E. V. Day spent three months in 2010 as the Munn Artist-in-Residence at The Claude Monet Foundation in Giverny where she spent a  lot of time following the gardeners on their daily pruning rounds, collecting the blooms they’d clipped. The most arresting of these specimens she then pressed in a microwave, scanned digitally, and printed on photo paper at 18 times their original size. Such a simple process, but what a magnificent effect?! The electric, vibrant colours of the flowers in these images are apparently true, but each image has been slightly manipulated by the artist so that half of the image is a mirror of the other, thereby ensuring perfect symmetry.

E. V. Day says that she created these images to transcribe the intimate sensation of being alone in the drama of Monet’s garden when it’s in full-bloom. The saturation and array of colours was so vivid and encompassing she felt as if she was swimming in it. 

I think she has translated this feeling remarkably well through her art work. It makes me wish I was a bee or a beetle.  Beautiful - these prints are utterly and breathtakingly beautiful.

Isn't it gorgeous seeing them all together?! You can see more work here.

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