Fashionable roses should be presented just as a flowers …
Plain Vegetable, look nice … without colors and … taste nothing …
I often see roses, in vase, as a picture or part of decoration. The appeal of its
blooms gives rise to fantasies and inspiration, and various symbolisms are created. Show your love
with a bunch of roses has become a common creed. Its mystery has also produce various
For reasons unknown to me, I often feel melancholic when I see flowers in vase.
My friends have often said that maybe they remind me of the fate of van Gogh’s sunflowers. I do
tend to get overemotional when I see things like this.
In its presence among us, roses are often shown as symbols, as a model that functions to
represent other things that may not be related to the rose itself. Represented as a perfect object
geared to fit our needs as best as we could. Living roses, cheerful and vibrant among its family
members… budding, blooming and falling among leaves, is a dynamic cycle and community that
usually go unnoticed. A rose as a living being drowns in its community, no longer important, no
longer a ‘super star’ pulled from its habitat.
A story about beauty, beauty that’s an ideal element to quench our visual thirst, whose
significance has come to the fore. This significance produces an activity: design. Design makes its
presence known, from a toilet brush to the shape of a prawn cracker. I also encounter this element
of beauty in the shapes of vegetables, perfectly formed vegetables, ‘chubby’ and fresh but almost
This small exhibition is part of the Schonheit vom Garten (The Beauty of Gardens) that
showed in various places in Zurich from June to October 2011.
Jakarta, Januari 2012.
Published: February 12, 2012