DESIRE FOR PERMANENCE
“Biopsy” photograph series by Yedda Morrison
This work takes as its starting point the human desire for permanence, a desire made acute by the inevitability of our passing. If photography itself is a manifestation of this desire, our attempt to arrest or “still life,” plastic plants and flowers are a low-rent corollary. Suspended mid bloom and scattered throughout graveyards and empty parlors, they offer the promise of perennial youth, an eternal flowering, life ever after. Fake flowers both immortalize and render static the natural world. As such, they articulate a crisis between beauty and horror, desire and loss, artificiality and “the natural.” In our fall from the “pre” or “no” time of Eden, we have landed squarely in the artificial garden, the stilled remains of paradise. These sights of frozen or no time and the scale, duration and technology that make them possible, work to articulate a world where boundaries between the real and the artificial are increasingly blurred. If, in our contemporary moment, we are experiencing a gradual substitution of the machine for the body/mind, the image for the thing, and the simulation of the environment for the environment itself, then perhaps we are realizing Robert Smithson’s “frozen actuality,” the hallucinatory disjunction where “nothing is known but the impenetrable surfaces,” where “the artificial ingenuity of time allows no return to nature.”
Posted by DESIGN SQUISH
April 13, 2010
on 04/13 at 06:10 PM
beautiful, i love floral.
on 04/15 at 05:31 PM
These are stunning!!
on 04/16 at 01:05 AM
on 04/21 at 02:23 PM
How unusual... I've never in my life thought that plastic flowers could look so pretty. Well there you go!
on 04/21 at 02:31 PM
These photographs remind me of Flemish Vanitas paintings.
on 04/22 at 12:59 PM
on 04/22 at 05:19 PM
Thanks! I rally like them too! Nice blog!
on 04/27 at 06:40 AM
I'm impressed by the Caravaggio-texture photos but what most inspires me is the text. "a desire made acute by the inevitability of our passing" is just beautiful.
on 04/27 at 12:20 PM
on 04/30 at 06:20 AM
their form is interesting..
beautiful to develop.
that's all i meant
on 06/25 at 12:03 PM
These are stunning - the color, lighting and composition are just breathtaking. I was quickly scrolling down and they really made me stop and look. Thank you for featuring them.
on 06/25 at 01:29 PM
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We are at war between consciousness and nature, between the desire for permanence and the fact of flux. It is ourself against ourselves
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