Black gardens may have been the last thing visitors expected to see at artist Lauren Fensterstock's exhibit, but that was exactly what they got. Instead of a rotting field of flowers, however, this ebony patch of plants is breathtaking. As though straight out of a Tim Burton film, Lauren Fensterstock's installation is equal parts bizarre, beautiful and creepy.
Lauren Fensterstock says, "In part, my use of black was inspired by a tool called the Claude Glass," which was a black glass mirror that was used to reflect garden scenes." Instead of recreating that British countryside experience, however, Lauren Fensterstock decided to reinterpret it in a stunning way. She elaborates, "By removing color from the work, I am able to focus on form. The mass of black appears, at first, as a large undefined whole and then reveals itself as a complex system of parts."
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