Somaya Critchlow: (Nothing But) Flowers
30 July 2020, 4:07 PM
Opening 30 July, Somaya Critchlow will exhibit her work in (Nothing But) Flowers, a group exhibition at Karma, New York. The artists selected for this exhibition comprise a large swath of friends, collaborators and heroes whose critical work has provided ongoing inspiration. Their broad-ranging works cohere around the simple, omnipresent trope of the flower.
The flower persists throughout art history. It figures prominently across memento mori still lifes; huaniao hua bird-and-flower motifs; the intricate patterning of Mbuti bark cloths; the tendrils and palmettes of Islamic miniatures. Yet most essentially for the present day, the tending and gifting of flowers is steeped in cultural practice. As balms of solace and support during times of remembrance and growth, blooms connote the sharing of emotion, and are given in sympathy, love, joy, or appreciation. (Nothing but) Flowers seeks to illuminate the capacity of the humble botanical motif to capture sorrow, stimulate rehabilitation, and guide us through periods of mourning, celebration, and rebirth.
The exhibition will run from 30 July – 13 September, 2020.