Anya Gallaccio - Red on Green, 2012
“Red on Green will see the decay and destruction of 10,000 red roses laid in a field upon the gallery floor.
Fragrant, soft and velvety, the voluptuousness of the roses en masse evokes romance and decadence that is slowly allowed to blacken like scabs and die. The thorns and stems, which will be underneath the petals could be seen as a reminder of something quite dangerous. I like the mixture of celebration with death or decay - but it is important that people bring their own experience to the work, that it is evocative and sensual enough to enable this to happen.
The extravagance of a pile of roses, which have their heads pulled off as an aggressive and obsessive gesture, along the lines of ‘loves me, loves me not”, is a passionate thing, but isn’t intended to be sentimental.”