Beili Liu ~ Encirclement
Thorn and Thistle
The multidisciplinary artist Beili Liu created an art installation made primarily of hundreds of thistle plants entitled Encirclement. This installation and performance was created as part of an artist residency program called Djerassi Artist Residency which is located in California. Her work reminds the viewer of nature and it’s fragility. Her materials are simple, however they convey rich metaphors of time, energy, and complex cultural narratives.
Fake flowers in a little urban garden, Winter 2014. © Sheryl Humphrey.
Daffodil from Flower Children: The Little Cousins of the Field and Garden, by Elizabeth Gordon. Illustrations by M.T. Ross. Published 1910 by P.F. Volland, Chicago. [Scan from my own copy.]
"… little white snowdrops, the first flowers of spring, the only flowers that can remember the winter." — Florence Holbrook, “The Story of the First Snowdrops,” from The Book of Nature Myths (1902, Houghton, Mifflin).
[Photo from National Botanic Garden of Wales.]