The Court of The Zombie Lily


Flame worked glass, glass paints, cold clay

42cm x 30cm

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The dark and mysterious Dracunculus vulgaris is a species of arum lily, noted for its large, dark purple flowers with a velvety texture that smell like a rotting carcass. Mediterranean in origin, it is also sometimes called the Dragon Flower.  I was introduced to the ‘Zombie Lily’ by an artist friend who grows it in her garden next to the letterbox!  This Zombie is surrounded by other actual and imagined plants that serve as her courtly habitat.


My “Botanica Vulnerablis” Series of domed assemblages, celebrates the vigour and fecundity of the diverse and extraordinary botanical forms to be found in our marine and terrestrial environments.  I seek to remind the viewer of the importance of botanical diversity and its vulnerability to mankind-generated change to climate and habitat. I capture the botanical sculptures under glass like the scientific specimen displays of the 19th century.

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