Food For Thought: Life in Death

Rebecca Louise Law is an installation artist specialising in artworks made with natural materials, especially flowers.

The exhibition Life in Death showcases her personal collection of plants and flowers, dried and preserved over a six year period. It is her most intricate large-scale artwork to date and examines our relationship with flowers and plants and how they are used, particularly through rituals.


A few Wednesdays Ago, I decided to head down to Kew Gardens. It was muggy outside and it was raining and I decided that I really needed a pick me up. At the Gardens, an Exhibition Of Over 300,000 preserved flowers was on display. Since it was free with entry to the Gardens which is £9 since I live in the local area, I decided why not. 

Once I got through the gates, I made my way to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery Of Botanical Art where the installation was being displayed and was immediately overwhelmed by the magnitude of flowers.  

Most of the flowers had been preserved for years and to my delight they smelled just as beautiful as if they were growing in a garden. 

I think that was really the entire purpose of Rebecca’s display anyway. “Life in Death”. The flowers may be dead, but the beauty of them, the essence still lingers for a long time and is still open for admiration.  

It’s just like us as people. When we die, even though we are no longer present, the lives we lived and the memories we made linger with the people who were around us and still bring them happiness. We live on in our Deaths through the simple act of remembrance. I know that went a bit sideways kind of fast, but that’s just what I think. I guess that’s why the Bible and other religious books are always so cntered on leading good lives. 

Enough of my “philosophical” rambling, here are some of the photos of the installation that I took to allow you to see just how beautiful everything truly is.