During a residency this spring at La Maison Verte, a house affiliated Jardin Botanique in Marnay-sur-Seine, France, artist Jenine Shereos created a series of ephemeral installations using local flowers.
Inspired by her long daily walks in the village and gardens, the Boston-based artist told, “I was keenly aware of the continual shift of the different blooms of flowers all around me. In the beautiful old house where I stayed, there was a small room adjacent to my bedroom that felt like a kind of liminal in-between space, or a dream space. I started to envision the different ways these flowers could transform the room.”
Shereos normally creates time-intensive work, and she describes the fleeting nature of these installations as a refreshing departure: “From the time I picked the flowers, I had only a few hours to install and photograph the work before the flowers would begin to fade… There was something magical about the continual transformation of the space. I left each installation up for one or two days, and would observe and photograph the way that the flowers wilted.”