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On the ground, there is a gold ornate frame resting on the left wall, with two stumps on the ground next to it. On these stumps there are 4 potted plants, 2 of which are fake. Underneath these is a green carpet that simulates what moss looks like. This ties in the series of art hanging on the white walls. The series consists of 7 framed works of art that all have various themes of flora. Starting from the left is "purple petals" which has green ivy and purple flowers like iris and lilacs. Next to that is "a symbol of love, which has dead roses in the center and is surrounded by fake roses. Under that is "bed of wildflowers" which has moss, various colored fake flowers, and bits of mirrors throughout it. Next to that is "death in beauty" which has fake and real hydrangeas. On the next wall is "evergreens" which has real tree bark, moss, and various fake evergreens. Next to that is "forest floor" which has fake tropical leaves and ferns and moss. The last piece is "hanging wisteria" which is a mirror with moss around it and white wisteria hanging from it.

Flora Artificialis

Bailey Yonkman

Mixed Media / Installation, 2022

Are we uncomfortable with the natural flow of life, instead ignorantly celebrating the eternal? Are we taking away the meaning and beauty of nature? Flora Artificialis is an installation of framed compositions including artificial and real plants. The series creates a space where the dualities of artificial (eternal) and real (natural) intersect with people in the middle. This series was inspired by my interest in conscious consumption, and nature’s impact within my life. Initially, the project focused on celebrating the outdoors’ beauty through landfill reduction by sourcing materials second-hand (i.e the fake plants, frames & mirrors). However, as I worked, I began to question the intentions behind creating artificial flora. Humans bring nature into our spaces to feel more connected to it, yet in doing so through artificial reproduction, we actually create a larger disconnect. The installation brings light to the irony of the materials as they never die, unlike true nature where death is also the beauty of life. I am an artist with a concentration in graphic design, illustration, and environmental studies. My inspirations for creating derive from our earthly experience and the beauty we encounter within our environments.