A few weeks ago, I documented a beautiful and touching performance installation by Mirre Van Dalen at Eramboo Artist Environment, Terrey Hills in Sydney. The artwork was part 2 of Zwarte Bloem, a project she first started years ago. In the initial artwork, Mirre wore a calico toile of a wedding dress while she dipped coloured flowers into black paint. The flowers represented the lives of people with mental health issues and the black paint, the difficulties they have experienced. In this second part, Mirre once again wore the toile and dipped the black flowers in white paint - bringing hope to broken lives.
This series is a brief overview of the several hundred photos taken during the performance. Although the coloured photos had a beauty of their own, I preferred the black and white processing since the flowers were painted white from black and the toile was white with black paint.
Visit Mirre's website to see more of her inspiring work and learn about her concepts, materials and process.