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Ori Gersht, On Reflection, Material 11, 2014, Courtesy the artist and Mummery & Schnelle, London

From common weeds to exotic cultivars, flowers are deeply embedded within our lives and have long been an inspiration to artists. In a powerful and visually stunning exhibition at Oriel Davies, work by nine contemporary artists reveal how flowers can elicit cultural, historic, geographic, social and scientific ideas.

New commissions, residencies, and major works on loan offer a breadth of interpretation of this subject. From exquisite sculptural representations, echoing the precariousness of life, to highly complex drawings predicting the influence of technology on nature; ideas span the contemporarystill life to how living flowers and green spaces might act as sites for social change.

Artists exhibiting work from Wales, the UK and abroad are: Emma Bennett, Michael Boffey, Anya Gallaccio,,Ori Gersht, Owen Griffiths, Anne-Mie Melis, Jacques Nimki, Yoshihiro Suda, Clare Twomey

flora is a National Touring Exhibition curated by Oriel Davies and supported by Arts Council of Wales

A full-colour publication will mark all the different elements as the project progresses and will be compiled as a limited edition in 2016 For more information please visit the flora microsite

www.orieldavies.org

image: Ori Gersht, On Reflection, Material 11, 2014, Courtesy the artist and Mummery & Schnelle, London