Saturday, 7 February 2009

Inspiring Spirals

Yesterday I went to The Whitney Museum in New York to see the exhibition on Alexander Calder's years in Paris in the 1920s-1930s. It features a collection of his metal wire spiral sculptures and portraits. That made me think of this ikebana also featuring wire spirals, that I made earlier this winter.
Gerbera, Gypsophila, Ephedra and metal wire.
Calder, beeing a surrealist artist, valued the unexpected, unplanned and even the mistakes in the creative process. Being a student in the Sogetsu School of Ikebana I find it interesting to see how these surrealist ideals also came to be really important in the Ikebana of Sofu Teshigahara from 1930s, and how this is still today part of the Sogetsu training for developing an artistic approach to creative ikebana.
Inspiring spirals.

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