Burning Flower

In the artistic practice of Mat Collishaw, visually seductive images symbolise defiled beauty or forbidden pleasure. With this exclusive new-media artwork, Burning Flower, an orchid surrounded by blackness is both given life and destroyed by the surrounding flickering flames, slowly producing a glistening blood-red sap.

Notions of illusion, seduction and destruction become fused as the fire appears dangerous but attractive; a Victorian sensibility is foregrounded, where base instincts hover just beneath the surface of propriety. Collishaw began creating photographs of enchanting but tainted flowers in 2002, and this has become a repeated motif in his work.

Gift Card available

Beautifully packaged and delivered with your personal message to any address worldwide. Learn more

Buy Gift Card

Your purchase includes

HD video [02:01] in your Vault
Your edition number
Your certificate of authenticity
Right to resell on Trade

Play via Art Stream

Art Stream subscribers add this and any any other artwork that is not sold out to their playlists. Start Free Trial