Calming Casualty Chrysanthemum
Paper and foil collage
76,2 x 94 cm (30 x 37 in) (unframed)
83,8 x 101,6 x 3,8 cm (33 x 40 x 1 1/2 in) (framed)
Nathan Carter’s exuberant new collages continue his recent theme of playfully mixing abstract and organic shapes to create fantastic botanical compositions, named for flowers and vaguely resembling their distinct shapes. Made from golden foil and colored paper, the collages focus on flowers in the process of blossoming. Thus among the tightly intertwined forms reminiscent of leaves and vines, are also stamen and stigma, evoking the complex reproductive apparatus of plants. Emphasizing the fantastic element of these idiosyncratic constructions, that can also include hearts or a row of rainbow spikes, the artist identified the sharp points as “visible deadly warnings to all away-supporters and dream killers."
The titles of this series of works contain both scientific and common or fictional references to plants, paired with names or emotive qualifiers, suggesting contemporary band names, song lyrics, or youth subculture.