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Artist Leilani Wong
Elk Grove, Ca
I’m an emotional nature-observer. Being amidst flower fields, a choppy river or encountering a lone plant growing in a vast gorge can make me very emotional (though I’ll usually not express it). I tend to think the plant world is the most completely vulnerable group of living things; yet, I also know how adaptable and hardened it is to the point that it will probably persist until the earth is no more. It’s this perspective that influences how I approach flower images. They are portraits of a short, unique existence, but also emotional imprints of my personal experience from studying them closely.
I hope my images feel intimate and inspire quiet contemplation; also, I hope they are in some way a succor. I am not interested in representing the world as it is and I prefer ambiguity, wishing an image to change under lighting and be as a screen, a screen upon which your mind may rest and project. To create purposeful distillations of an idea and layers of experience, I focus on finding and abstracting from the flower’s purest and most dominant forms. This could be a simple line, a curve, or its diaphanous folds. Sometimes I rely on composition alone, and at other times I eke out a specific feeling with a bit of image editing. For now, I am not interested in creating images that demand attention; instead, I want to invite repose, stillness, observation.