Eden 2016

Rhapsodies from the bower: Polixeni Papapetrou’s Eden

Rhapsodies from the bower

Rhapsodies from the bower: Polixeni Papapetrou’s Eden

A beautiful young female figure is immersed in a garden of flowers, a vertical garden that doesn’t recede into deep space but presses itself onto the surface of the photograph. The model has flowers behind her, in front of her, upon her, all around her. Her form is rhapsodized by stitches of blooms and leaves, engulfed by nature but not contained by the three levels of representation that compress figure and ground.… Continued “Rhapsodies from the bower: Polixeni Papapetrou’s Eden”

Eden and Beyond

Polixeni Papapetrou Eden and Beyond 2016

Eden and Beyond

The series Eden arose out of a project that had been commissioned by the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne in 2015. I was asked to create works in response to the Melbourne General Cemetery. I photographed flowers obtained from the cemetery against a black backdrop to invoke ideas about mourning and remembrance.… Continued “Eden and Beyond”

THE TENDER GAZE: a detour down the garden path

THE TENDER GAZE IPP

THE TENDER GAZE: a detour down the garden path

Flowers are transient and protean forms. Their life cycle is short lived: the bud blooms and its splendor emerges but then it wilts and dies. The beginning is tethered to the end in a graceful arc. There is sorrow but also beauty in this gesture. A petal falling from its stem retains its elegance.… Continued “THE TENDER GAZE: a detour down the garden path”