Drawings by Victoria Cantons
Coinciding with her solo exhibition, Nothing is Absolute, at Flowers Gallery on Cork Street, London, this feature of small-scale pencil and ink illustrations invites audiences to experience raw, unfiltered iterations of Cantons’ floral painting series that are akin to working drawings. The loose, brisk line work creates a sense of transience, toying with the idea of temporality.
The floral pieces are embellished with text that allude to the work’s context, both conceptually as well as the setting in which they were created, with Citta della Piere referencing the artist residency Cantons undertook during the summer of 2022, in Italy. Conceptually, she marries a contemporary interpretation of 17th century Vanitas painting with the written word, including an excerpt from Roman lyric poet Catallus’ poem 5, Vivamus, mea Lesbia, atque amemus, which translates to ‘Let us live, my Lesbia, and let us love'.
"It is only in something or someone passing, that we understand its value and temporariness. And it feels bittersweet. Because our nature is ‘to resist’. The works are a resistance to the idea that nothing is absolute.”
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