Jitka Hanzlová

  • 17th October 2012 − 3rd February 2013 | Scottish National Portrait Gallery | Admission Free



In the tradition of the floral still-life as momento mori, Flowers recalls the fleeting nature of existence and the inevitability of death. It relates to Hanzlová’s interest in the lifecycle of vital phenomena and her perception of the continuity of nature. Flowers also relates to the influence of the Renaissance portrait in which black backgrounds were used to intensify the luminosity of the subject. The photographs of dried or wilted plants seem to emerge out of the darkness through the action of a hidden light source, evoking the mysteries of the creative process.


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