LAURA CARTHEW | IMMORTAL FLOWER

4 – 25 JUNE 2016

Immortal flower fuses together historical symbology and Korean identity to reflect on the universal cycle of life and death. Three mystic female flower characters reference Korea’s national flower: the Mugunghwa, which translates in English to ‘Immortal flower’. The green pyramid-like structure represents the mysterious place before life and after death. The flowers dance rhythmically over the pyramid, exploring ritual and spirituality, as we observe them growing, budding, blooming and dying.

 

Laura Carthew is an interdisciplinary visual artist working primarily with video and photography. Her practice investigates rituals, memorialisation and choreography within both cultural and spiritual practices.

 

This project was developed during Laura Carthew’s mentorship with South Korean Artist Yeondoo Jung.

This work was filmed at Korea National University of the Arts during her residency at Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea in 2014/15.

 

For this professional development opportunity she was supported by a Creative Individuals Career Fund Grant from Copyright Agency Limited (2014) and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust (2014).