Sorta Moribana

"Sorta Moribana"  2018,  is a photographic series of arranged flowers turned upside down in search of an alternate sculptural beauty. 


Moribana is a Japanese word meaning "piled up flowers" and denotes a style of Ikebana or flower arrangement. It often symbolizes a relationship between the world of nature and that of the human, and seeks a balance and harmony.

Conceptually, the flowers here are not an arrangement that has been disarranged or have fallen over, but they are decisively tipped and constructed. Visually, rather than drawing the eye up to the flower, a tee pee shape is formed with leaning stems on top and the flowers, the delicate and valued part, on the bottom.

© Julian Wolkenstein  2020