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.
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.
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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