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Telephone Flower Illustration by Madeline Trait

2345 Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States

415-409-9341

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Beautiful Decay

Madeline Trait

Flowers serve as my source of inspiration. Not only do I find arranging flowers to be a satisfying creative endeavour but also illustrating them and using them as inspiration for other artistic work. 

My latest concept is that of the beauty of decay. I am creating multiple one to two dimensional pieces based on this concept, that when something is innately beautiful, will we still find it beautiful when it starts to wither and it's beauty fades? Is a model who is considered beautiful at 18 still beautiful at 60? Is a rose at it's prime considered beautiful when it's color and scent have faded away?

My first piece is a simple dried tulip displayed on a black background and held by pins. The beauty is not only in the simplicity of it's display but also in the texture of the stem and petals, preserved in interesting patterns as it's life dried away.  

 

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