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Carol Goldmark

Artist Statement

In my drawings and paintings, flowers are metaphors for life and death, beauty and decay, the passage of time, and the gradual disintegration of human flesh, bones and organs.

Using only live flowers, which are constantly changing as I work both in my garden and in my studio, I depict botanical forms in various arrangements and states of decay, often combining botany and anatomy to symbolize mortality. The resulting hybrid imagery explores the metaphysical relationship between flowers and flesh, and I see therein a mirror image of myself and the world around me.

The themes and poetry of the Hebrew Scriptures continue to inspire me. Psalm 103 resonates in particular: “As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth… for the wind passes over it and it is gone.”

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