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Artist Ruth Moilliet Dissects and Preserves Blooms in Layers of Glass

By: Meghan Young - Published: Oct 11, 2012 • References: ruthmoilliet and mymodernmet
The artwork of artist Ruth Moilliet appears to be part of a science experiment. The sculptures look like one of two things. Either they are wormholes frozen in time or they are petals preserved in formaldehyde, similar to a Damien Hirst piece. The reality is closer to the latter, minus the formaldehyde.

Based in the United Kingdom, Ruth Moilliet works instead with glass. Focusing on both real flowers and photographic or sandblasted images, Ruth Moilliet layers petal arrangements between several sheets of float glass for a mesmerizing effect. She writes, "These works develop the idea of pressing and preserving a flower to keep alive the memory of the plant and retain some of its qualities." It also demonstrates their fragility.