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Art show review: Say it with Flowers – Laura Shevaun Green at Central Library

Thursday saw me at the Central Library for a lovely evening viewing Laura Shevaun Green’s solo exhibition – Say it with Flowers.

Set on the library’s gallery wall, the pieces looked particularly striking. The space is light and airy, in what is an iconic local building. Consisting of semi-abstract, mainly floral paintings, overlain with text, these pieces have a powerful impact.

Of her work Laura says:

Back in the 19th century, Victorians used to present one another with gifts of flowers to deliver messages. These messages were often so secretive or unconventional that they couldn’t possibly be spoken out loud. This form of communications was known as Floriography.

For this series of work, I have taken this practice and my previous knowledge of colour to create pieces that give voice to the hidden thoughts and unspoken feelings of local community members.

The pieces, using self blended paints, are bright without being garish, with one in monochrome. Their Say it with Flowers messages, while being somewhat cryptic, are strong and seem to allude to aspects of consent and the unwanted views of others that one should conform to some template, something that has always riled me. Sorry if I’m getting this wrong; I’m sure that I did not get them all, but I found myself relating to some quite strongly. These pieces are extremely well put together.

Laura’s source books, souvenir post card and paint samples were on display, together with a colour chart. All were encouraged to take Say it with Flowers sample paints: I have two browns and two deep pinks to try out, which should be an interesting challenge as to what my meagre talents can do with that.

The show attracted a steady stream of people eager to view these works. It was notable how happy they all were and how impressed with the work. Having viewed the pieces, people merrily gathered around the snacks and peach juice table to chat. It was with a certain reluctance that I left to catch the service 4 bus home, gripping my little bag of paints.

Say it with Flowers is on display until 23rd August 2022. Thanks go to library colleagues for facilitating this exhibition. A fine show put together by a fine Blackpool talent.

Images by Jill Reidy

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    I have worked in the housing and transport professions for several local authorities, specialising in policy, strategy preparation and bid writing. Having always had an interest in film, the visual arts in general, theatre, music and lterature, I thought it would be good to combine the writing experience with these interests to contribute to altBlackpool. In addition to writing, my hobbies include watercolour and pastel painting, photography, woodwork, cycling and vegetable gardening.

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