Tulipa Imaginarium was created in worship of the small world of the tulip and the earth they emerge from. If anyone has watched a parrot tulip open and spread in its splendor you might feel the same.
I am fascinated with the 15th century Dutch master works, their golden age magnificence, and botanical fanaticism. It was a time of discovery and suppression from culture to culture, continent to continent. Tulips became a symbol and economic dial of the time.
My Tulip's detailed bases are simple forest floor snapshots from my imagination. A mere reference to Otto Marseus and Rachel Ruschs' 'Sottoboscos'. Forest floor still lifes that became popular during that magical time of plant and animal kingdom exploration.
Sculpted in porcelain and copper each work harkens back to the kind of craftsmanship of times gone past and seems almost antique in its modeling. I aspire to recreate the beautiful and terrible world that we live in, the actions and cycles of the little microclimates of nature that are all around us. I can see shadows of our human world reflected in the turmoil of nature, prey and predator, life and death.