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"Descent of Flowers: Installation by Frank Vasello"
2002-01-09 until 2002-01-26
Mobius
Boston, MA, USA

Through mythology we access parts of ourselves that we may not normally be in touch with, the unconscious, the psyche. By using ancient myths as inspiration, I seek to create installations with archetypal images that are accessible to many people. One doesn't need to know the myth tounderstand.

Using the Greek myth of Persephone/Hades/Demeter as inspiration, Descent of Flowers is an installation exploring the themes of loss, longing and death. Persephone, the Goddess of the Spring, dies each year. Her mother, Demeter the Queen of the Fruitful Earth, weeps each year for her missing daughter, and Hades, the God of the Underworld and Wealth to which each year Persephone must leave and return, sits alone in the land of the dead for eight months of the year. The three gods are locked in an eternal cycle of birth/death/rebirth, loss and longing. These are the themes that will be explored.

Although the work may be inspired by myth, there is a deeply personal component as well. As a child I faced a series of sudden deaths, and growing up I was consumed by anxiety that I would suddenly die of some horrible disease. As an adult, fear of being abandoned has hampered my ability to maintain long-term friendships and relationships. Out of this state of confusion, anxiety and loss has come the artwork and my attempts at sorting out these lingering feelings. Perhaps my own romanticism of death as this lonely being sitting in the underworld is my attempt to understand and compartmentalize that which can feel, at times, so monumental.

Although the themes being explored can be somewhat depressing, the installation will also be beautiful. There is a stark beauty in dried flowers. A long table set for two will be the focal point of the piece while hundreds of roses will be hung from the ceiling creating an overhead carpet of flowers. Dried flower petals, organized in various ways, will add color and texture. A text component will also accompany the piece.

Frank Vasello


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