Museums have always been, to me, a space of peace and meditation. As a young student, I used to spend a bit of time at the neighbourhood gallery and sit in the Roman and Greek sculpture room. Beautifully sculpted gods staring back with so much and so little to say.
Fast forward a few years and I still go to to the neighbourhood gallery, albeit a different neighbourhood. The Queensland Art Gallery (QAG) has always been wonderful at incorporating all types of art, from artists near and far. Walking through it this week I spotted a beautiful ikebana arrangement. As many of you lovers of all things Japanese know, ikebana is the Japanese art of flower arrangement. What stands out in this art form is how less overworked the arrangements are, how much less emphasis there is on the blooms themselves and how lines and shapes are accentuated.
The one pictured is one of the most beautiful examples of ikebana I have seen. The flower is a beautiful shade of red and it contrasts beautifully with the rich brown of the twigs. Its shape could be described as an inverted basket with the branches encasing or framing the blooms. The artist is Gary Yong Gee from Sogetsu Ikebana Queensland. He is one of many ikebana artists in a school that has been around since the 1970’s. As a group they have brought the art of ikebana to public spaces around the city as well as private venues.
I highly encourage all flower enthusiasts to read in more detail about this beautiful art-form. It might just inspire you!
Until then, happy flower arranging.