Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging, is seen as a coming together of humanity and nature represented in a botanical composition. It’s a discipline which cultivates a deep respect for living things and a philosophy to be close to nature.
Botanical artist Lana Fredericks looked to Japan to name her practice; MY≈™ZU meaning ‘muse’ when directly translated.¬†Endeavouring to foster thought and evoke emotion, her approach is out of the ordinary. In this photographic study, she collaborates with photographer Gabriella Achadinha to create¬†unusual compositions with a similar¬†reverence for the connection between humanity and nature:¬†We believe in creating unconventional botanical works of art through the manipulation of both rare or prevalent, most often seasonal and forgotten blooms.¬†Instead of the usual in-studio installation shots, we wanted to capture something more tangible and everyday life. The use of models Sizwe Ndameni and Simone Ireland allowed for a more approachable attitude towards such installations.