THE EPHEMERAL NATURE OF FLOWERS | Part I

22nd June 2018 - 28th July 2018

Exploring the relationship between nature and humanity

Rebecca Louise Law, Stella Baraklianou & Becky Mackenzie

To coincide with York’s inaugural festival of horticulture, Bloom!, Lotte Inch Gallery is to welcome internationally acclaimed installation artist, Rebecca Louise Law, to the city this summer.  The exhibition, The Ephemeral Nature of Flowers Part I, will open 22nd June and will feature Law’s signature works made from natural materials, namely flora, alongside that of artists Stella Baraklianou and Becky Mackenzie.  Part II of the exhibition will be shown next door in Janette Ray Booksellers, where a variety of artists will be showcased,  including John Nash, Georges Braque and Barnett Freedman amongst others, with a special focus on traditional school prints.

The Ephemeral Nature of Flowers Part I, will look beyond traditional still life floral subjects and will explore Law’s use of flowers, often dried, in varying states of decay, as a commentary on the relationship between nature and humanity. The exhibition will also attempt to uncover the intrinsic beauty of imitation flowers in Stella Baraklianou’s photographic work, which makes conspicuous reference to the ‘traditional’ paintings of 19th century, French artist, Henri Fantin Latour. Ceramicist Becky Mackenzie, will bring art and nature together in her own creative way, uniting the inherently delicate flower, with the functional, more robust nature of ceramics. 

The Ephemeral Nature of Flowers | Part II,  will take place at Janette Ray Booksellers, next door,where a variety of artists will be showcased,  including John Nash, Georges Braque and Barnett Freedman amongst others, with a special focus on traditional school prints.


London based, Rebecca Louise Law is best known for her stunning installation work using natural materials, which she has creates on increasing scales, around the world.  Some of her most prominent commissions include; ‘Outside In’ (Times Square, New York), ‘The Beauty of Decay’ (Chandran Gallery, San Francisco) and  ‘Life in Death’ (Shirley Sherwood Gallery, London).  

Stella Baraklianou is a visual artist, living and working in Leeds, whose practice includes photography and photographic installations. She is interested in themes of escapism and utopia. Utilising gold reflector in her work, she creates sets of ‘reversibles.’ The mirroring effect of the material creates a surface for escapism. Artificial décor, plastic flowers and roses, inspired by the work of French impressionist painter Henri Fantin – Latour are her sources of inspiration.

Becky Mackenzie trained at Camberwell College of Art and Central St Martins, graduating with a First Class degree in Ceramic Design. Based in Northumberland, MacKenzie is now pursuing a practice-led PhD at Glasgow School of Art. Her work has been featured in Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Eve and Living North and has also been sold by The Conran Shop and Designers Guild.