parthenopi is an emerging artist that has trained and worked as a florist for over a decade and specialises in creating large sculptural floral installations for special events. She relishes in experimenting with bold and clashing colours and injecting a sense of humour into her work to make audiences smile. parthenopi has applied her floristry training to her art practice, bringing everyday household rubbish to life. She has been inspired by our unique Australian native flora and its plight against plastic pollution.
2022 SWELL ARTWORK – emblem, parthenopi
parthenopi’s upcycled sculpture, “emblem” is inspired by Queensland’s state flower, the Cooktown Orchid. As a florist, she is captivated by the beauty of Australian native orchids. She wanted to create them out of plastic to juxtapose this beauty with the ugliness of plastic rubbish and prompt viewers to question what they are doing to help protect this vulnerable emblem and its habitat. At first greeted by these vibrant blooms, onlookers might then stop and ask themselves; “how much plastic have I used lately and where has it ended up?”
Come and see for yourself at SWELL Sculpture Festival, Pacific Parade, Currumbin 9-18 September.