‘A metal flower is a dead flower’ it is a transitional work between my prior project 'Inspired by an English Garden' 2016 (vibrant colourful triangular) and my current project 'Engineering' 2017-18 (in which stand metallic colours). Between the two pieces that build this dyptich exist a time relationship, the metallic flower represented in the left canvas and that keep gestaltic relation with the flowers of my prior project ‘Inspired by an English Garden’ (but without the vibrant colours) transforms in a dying and dry flower in the right canvas, suggesting my current autobiographical project ‘Engineering’. The lower grey cable submerged in the water still ‘feeds’ the smoothness appearance (although metallic) from the first canvas (maintaining that way its smoothness, same like the water would do to a flower) but this cable doesn’t appear in the right canvas as the flower is already dead.

A metal flower is a dead flower (diptych) | 2017

Acrylic on canvas and on wood

60 x 108 x 6 in. | 152 x 274 x 15 cm.

© photo Peter Hope