The Garden of Love


Working with sucrose, roses and threads, this installation  intersected Art, Science and Literature. It draws inspiration from William Blake's poem The Garden of Love from his Songs of Experience series: a poem concerned with the pressures of religious doctrine on the freedom and happiness of young people as they move through life. The installation connects the meaning of the poem with the question of illusion versus reality from the point of view of a dreamer. Even when experience teaches the true nature of something, the dreamer can often continue to live with their illusions about life and love.  The dreamer seems doomed to repeat the same mistakes by choosing to sugar coat the true nature of life and love with their own romantic illusion and, whether hopeful or unrealistic, this experience cannot be reversed or undone.