“Hortus Conclusus” Installation at the Saatchi Gallery 2018
Dye Sublimation Prints on Aluminium mounted on framed Giclee Prints on Hahnemuhle Art Paper 308gsm – 50cm x 50cm,
with 925 Oxidised Silver, Lucite & Dye Sublimation Print Brooches
Derived from the Latin term for ‘enclosed garden’, Hortus Conclusus is a series of wearable sculptural art pieces, crafted from a mélange of minerals and oxidised silver and presented against an ethereal photographic backdrop of blurred floral images taken by Brennan at Chelsea Flower Show and dye-sublimation printed on aluminium.
Created for COLLECT ‘Open’ at the Saatchi Gallery in 2018, she has explored the materiality of a 2D image by adding an embellished 3D dimension which has been extracted and crafted – or ‘borrowed’ from the photographic image upon which it is mounted.
Alluding to ‘Shakkei, which means ‘borrowed landscape’ – the concept is based on the Asian art of landscaping which borrows an existing background landscape into the design of a garden with an emphasis on natural features & rocks. The images are laminated with a faceted lucite facade, which acts as a beacon for the interplay of light and imparts a sense of intrigue.
Creating a view finder to an inner world, the lucite object creates a microcosm within the macrocosm of the larger image – a ‘Hortus Conclusus’, or veritable enclosed garden of earthly delights!