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Burning Flowers 2 2003

Mat Collishaw (born 1966, Nottingham, England, UK)

Collishaw works with a wide spectrum of photographic media and often juxtaposes modern digital technology with historic display methods. His works are frequently concerned with the way in which we view images and how we react to their presentation. This is one of a series of photographs in which Collishaw has created a modern image within the recognised art historical genre of still life painting. He has said of his work, 'I always wanted to make pictures of flowers that embrace their animal ferocity… something that got a little lost with all the cosmetisised reproductions on postcards and calendars.' Roses have a highly significant symbolism associated with love, and romance. Normally given as a gesture of affection, Collishaw’s depiction of them burning suggests a greater passion - the flames of a consuming desire.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Modern Art Inc., London, 2004
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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