About my work

“Great Heaven! The prince says that beauty saves the world!” Dostojevsky wrote in 'The Idiot'. Did the prince say this because he was in love? Do you believe that beauty can save the world? As an artist, I'd like to explore Dostojevsky’s notion of beauty saving the world by creating works of art so beautiful that you feel salvation within them.

Inspired by the Dutch Golden Age painters of the 17th and 18th centuries, I began staging ‘floral wildlifes' on a mirror in 1999. I create compositions of sensual flowers, supple fabrics, twisted glass, water, ink and milk. The flowers in my work are fully blossomed and about to wither. They are actors in theatrical settings that refer to Greek myths, our society and my personal life. I am a trained psychologist and a feminist. I like to honour vulnerability and show the force of fertility - tender forces. I try to explain and mirror life using flowers. Let these lush and strangely erotic tableaus entice you into another dimension.

As Baudelaire says “Get drunk: on wine, poetry or virtue”. Imagine lingering and languishing in these fresh, sultry and lucid landscapes. I love this sensual state - to lose myself in a love affair as if reality doesn’t matter. When I am creating these photographs, I lose myself in the compositions feeling that it is possible for beauty to save the world.

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