This painting is arranged from the new growth that appeared after a difficult storm. Hurricane Ida tore through my garden while I watched, removing every leaf and blossom in category 4 hurricane winds.
What happens after a hurricane churns through your garden? Near total destruction followed by signs of life which rescue any temptation to fall into malaise.
This is an arrangement of surviving beauty. It is a tribute to both beauty that survives difficulty and to ideological structures that survive and live beyond beauty.
The arrangement occupies a 17th century Dutch Delft double bird vase and is accentuated by an antique rattle that shows the wear the new blooms do not.