Paint on perspex
A complex relationship, the time of a bloom.
Flower Power is the latest series by Evans Mbugua. His hand-painted portraits on plexiglass carry cut flowers in a crown or bouquet. These works seem to present themselves as offerings.
With the subtitle “A complex relationship, the time of a bloom.” What meaning do these flowers have for Evans Mbugua? The flower is a message, flowers are offered at key moments in life. It symbolizes a union, a link between two people, by extension peace. The gesture can be ceremonial or simple, private or public, but the message is always strong. By choosing the title “Flower Power”, the artist refers to a specific period of the 60’s. During the protests in the US against the war in Vietnam, the flower was used by pacifist demonstrators as a symbol of a non-violent ideology.
The flower also symbolizes fragility, the ephemeral side of life. It blooms then fades to a seasonal rhythm. Moreover in love with flowers, Evans Mbugua is also very allergic to pollen; in his words “a relationship of love and suffering! By observing this perpetual cycle, he questions the life cycle of plants and by extension that of the human. “I integrated the flowers in my work in order to question our relationship with time.
Evans Mbugua pursues his quest for hope and poses a parallel to this perpetual floral rebirth and human resilience: “We get up, we continue”.