Embellish - Emma Bass

23 February - 25 March 2018

Since ancient times, humans have been captivated by the alluring language of flowers. Veiled within their blooms are cryptic messages, declarations of love and secret confessions. Embellish, by Auckland photographer Emma Bass, is an achingly beautiful floral series loaded with hidden meaning. Glorious arrangements of blooms spill from the necks of magnificent vessels, questioning the nature of beauty and its relationship with authenticity. Shrouded within are plastic animals, artificial flowers, dead insects, and gold painted soldiers; metaphors that speak of truth and illusion, life and death.