“There’s Rosemary, that’s for remembrance…and there is pansies. that’s for thoughts”. (Ophelia, Hamlet) In school, we learn of floral symbolism through classical works from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poetry, to name a few. Yet, have you ever wondered what flowers symbolize for you on a personal note and if you’re matching the right scent with your mood?
Imagine the New York art scene of the 1990s — a fellow with a penchant for handcrafted sculptures blending the surreal with everyday. Cartoonish characters like Bob from Pest Control (fashioned of wood and oil paint) stood against a white wall like preoccupied exclamation points. Or perhaps there’s a leering urethane foam, latex and painted acrylic Ursula the Cow wearing a macaroni necklace leering from its wall mount. These were the works of sculpture Daniel Oates, a US transplant originally from Switzerland and England. Until recently, Oates presented a colorful palette, carving wood into memorable sculptures and eventually playful, award-winning marionettes with names like Dunstan the Dragon or Delilah the Unicorn. His latest venture, while still applying his incredible skills in craftsmanship and casting technique, is far more earthen. View More