Imagine rows of blooming flowers and central London is unlikely to be the first place that springs to mind, but floral artist Rebecca Louise Law had other ideas for the city last week. Rebecca brought a five-day spectacle from 16-21 March to St Christopher’s Place, suspending 1,200 fresh flowers above the popular shopping and dining spot, located just off Oxford Street.
Flowers are known to represent life passing, love blossoming, and more aptly in this case, spring starting. An artist renowned for using nature as the medium of her works, Rebecca has been working with flowers for over 15 years, after experimenting with flowers during her BA Hons Fine Art studies at Newcastle University, where she graduated from in 2004. Having grown up in the Cambridgeshire countryside, and spending numerous family holidays in the remote British countryside, experiencing nature was a fundamental part of Rebecca’s childhood. Furthermore, her father’s vocation as Head Gardener of a National Trust property played a role in inspiring her work; nature was almost destined to become her sole inspiration. Rebecca’s work tries to recreate the immersion in nature experienced in the countryside, using it as a buffer from the daily city grind.
The ephemeral quality of flowers provide challenges for Rebecca that 2D oil painting couldn’t, and the transition from vibrant, fresh smelling blooms to skeletal twigs is something Rebecca hopes to capture. She embraces the process of change, and is keen to preserve nature - it is important to her that the flowers used in her works are not wasted.