Anya Gallaccio

100 gerberas pinned to a wall, 100 gerberas red, one withered right up and eventually fell off , 99 gerberas red on the wall…

Sounds like the beginning of a hiking song to keep kids on the path when they are too tired to keep up the pace. 

It’s a little what comes to mind when I think of Turner Prize Installation artist Anya Gallaccio’s best known photographed work. 

Interested in decay, much like her contemporary French contemporary Michel Blazy, this artist uses organic and perishable materials in her work. 

The 100 red gerberas is an example. Others include rotting apples or edible chocolate dust covered surfaces. I would not suggest eating her work. Just taking spiritual nutrients and taking stock of our own species epheremal qualities is a good enough start.