Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show 2011
"Hakanashi" by Shoso
30 March - 3 April 2011
Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne
The layers in this work allow the viewer to experience a number of different works of art by changing their point of view. Hakanashi means transient in essence and is part of a very old system of Japanese aesthetics, dating back to the 10th century.
All floral art is by the nature of its living materials ephemeral, but this piece is in essence a series of snapshots of transient images that last only as long as one does not move. In moving a new perception emerges. Rather than a fixed and rigid artwork, no one particular perception of this work is given precedence over any other.