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Detail of Roses (1890) – Vincent van Gogh

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Detail of Roses (1890) – Vincent van Gogh

Roses
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Artist Thirza Schaap creates beautiful bouquets from discarded objects picked up on long morning walks. Her stunning work has an aesthetic magnetism, recycling litter to showcase the beauty of nature. She created these unique white roses for The Green Gallery_______.

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Roses (1890) – Vincent van Gogh

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VAN GOGH SAW ALL FLOWERS AS CELEBRATIONS OF BIRTH AND RENEWAL: FULL OF LIFE_______

Let the roses lead the way

Thirza: “I first became acquainted with the amazing paintings ‘Roses’ by Van Gogh when I was still a young girl, on a visit to the Met. I still remember how beautiful they looked to me. Here in Africa, I miss white roses... you do not often see them. Recently I created a still life with ocean plastic, inspired by a painting by Henri Fantin-Latour, called 'White Roses'. Right after that came this wonderful invitation from The Green Gallery to work with Van Gogh's 'Roses'. In my work I let myself be led by floral compositions and tones. I cherish flowers and their beautiful colours; they truly inspire me. The particular green of this painting had only featured once before in my work, so I enjoyed being able to work with it again. Colours can touch my deepest emotions. I only decide that a work is finished when it brings up the same depth of feeling in the viewer.”

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Roses (1890) – Vincent van Gogh

“IT'S ALL ABOUT THE DELICACY OF FLOWERS, THE ABUNDANCE AND THE UNBELIEVABLE COLOUR COMBINATIONS_______.”
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Photographer Thirza Schaap (1971) has lived and worked since 2013 in Amsterdam and in Cape Town, South Africa. She studied at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague. Her beautiful project Plastic Ocean - photographing her sculptural, colourful plastic bouquets - was created in order to cherish nature and create awareness about plastic pollution. Along the coast of South Africa, she collects discarded bottles, fishing wire, caps, balloons, shoes, forks and spoons, toothbrushes, straws, and shopping bags. Once home, she turns them into fantastic, pastel-coloured arrangements, inspired by floral bouquets, at a table in her garden.

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Photographer Thirza Schaap (1971) has lived and worked since 2013 in Amsterdam and in Cape Town, South Africa. She studied at the Royal Academy of Visual Arts in The Hague. Her beautiful project Plastic Ocean - photographing her sculptural, colourful plastic bouquets - was created in order to cherish nature and create awareness about plastic pollution. Along the coast of South Africa, she collects discarded bottles, fishing wire, caps, balloons, shoes, forks and spoons, toothbrushes, straws, and shopping bags. Once home, she turns them into fantastic, pastel-coloured arrangements, inspired by floral bouquets, at a table in her garden.

Let the roses lead the way

Thirza: “I first became acquainted with the amazing paintings ‘Roses’ by Van Gogh when I was still a young girl, on a visit to the Met. I still remember how beautiful they looked to me. Here in Africa, I miss white roses... you do not often see them. Recently I created a still life with ocean plastic, inspired by a painting by Henri Fantin-Latour, called 'White Roses'. Right after that came this wonderful invitation from The Green Gallery to work with Van Gogh's 'Roses'. In my work I let myself be led by floral compositions and tones. I cherish flowers and their beautiful colours; they truly inspire me. The particular green of this painting had only featured once before in my work, so I enjoyed being able to work with it again. Colours can touch my deepest emotions. I only decide that a work is finished when it brings up the same depth of feeling in the viewer.”

Sculpting bouquets

“The foundations of what I love to do were laid when I was still young.. I had certain formative experiences, like waking up early and making things to kill time, or watching my mum in her flower shop. For years I forgot about all that, but when travelling I discovered that I missed out on so much by living in the city. I really longed for nature. I started to reinvent myself, to become who I wanted to be. I began to see the world with the eyes of a child again, recapturing their amazement at seeing things for the first time. In an almost meditative way I started to make sculptures as well as photographs, and fill my pockets with trash instead of treasures. Often, the sculptures I made came out as a kind of bouquet or floral arrangement. Plastic Ocean is a celebration of flowers and nature.”

“IT'S ALL ABOUT THE DELICACY OF FLOWERS, THE ABUNDANCE AND THE UNBELIEVABLE COLOUR COMBINATIONS_______.”
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Roses (1890) – Vincent van Gogh

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Styling and Photography
Thirza Schaap

Floral attraction

Thirza: “Thinking back to my childhood, my mother was actually always walking in the garden, loving, cherishing and nurturing her flowers, and telling me about their names. Everything is connected: now I use their shapes as inspiration, putting my plastic found objects together as floral bouquets. I focus on the flowers' delicacy, their abundance and the unbelievable colour combinations they show. That’s what I find amazing about nature, and flowers in particular. Our beaches are covered in plastic confetti which is terrible of course. I use the feeling that flowers inspire in me and others to raise awareness of this. I try to seduce my audience in the same way, by inviting them to look at the compositions of my ocean plastic, drawing them in with the aesthetic. I provoke a clash between this initial aesthetic attraction and - after a second look - repulsion: one suddenly realizes the tragedy inflicted by litter on our beautiful nature_______.”

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About Van Gogh’s paintings

The roses paintings were made shortly before Van Gogh (1853-1890) was released from the asylum at Saint–Rémy. At this time, he felt he was coming to terms with his illness, and himself. Painting was all-important to this healing process. During these final weeks, he wrote to his brother Theo that he had “worked as in a frenzy. Great bunches of flowers, violet irises, big bouquets of roses...” These are two paintings Van Gogh made at that time. They are among his largest and most beautiful still lifes, showing exuberant bouquets in glorious full bloom. Van Gogh saw all flowers as celebrations of birth and renewal: full of life. Here, that meaning is underscored by the fresh green of the background.

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About Van Gogh’s paintings

The roses paintings were made shortly before Van Gogh (1853-1890) was released from the asylum at Saint–Rémy. At this time, he felt he was coming to terms with his illness, and himself. Painting was all-important to this healing process. During these final weeks, he wrote to his brother Theo that he had “worked as in a frenzy. Great bunches of flowers, violet irises, big bouquets of roses...” These are two paintings Van Gogh made at that time. They are among his largest and most beautiful still lifes, showing exuberant bouquets in glorious full bloom. Van Gogh saw all flowers as celebrations of birth and renewal: full of life. Here, that meaning is underscored by the fresh green of the background.

Sculpting bouquets

“The foundations of what I love to do were laid when I was still young.. I had certain formative experiences, like waking up early and making things to kill time, or watching my mum in her flower shop. For years I forgot about all that, but when travelling I discovered that I missed out on so much by living in the city. I really longed for nature. I started to reinvent myself, to become who I wanted to be. I began to see the world with the eyes of a child again, recapturing their amazement at seeing things for the first time. In an almost meditative way I started to make sculptures as well as photographs, and fill my pockets with trash instead of treasures. Often, the sculptures I made came out as a kind of bouquet or floral arrangement. Plastic Ocean is a celebration of flowers and nature.”

Floral attraction

Thirza: “Thinking back to my childhood, my mother was actually always walking in the garden, loving, cherishing and nurturing her flowers, and telling me about their names. Everything is connected: now I use their shapes as inspiration, putting my plastic found objects together as floral bouquets. I focus on the flowers' delicacy, their abundance and the unbelievable colour combinations they show. That’s what I find amazing about nature, and flowers in particular. Our beaches are covered in plastic confetti which is terrible of course. I use the feeling that flowers inspire in me and others to raise awareness of this. I try to seduce my audience in the same way, by inviting them to look at the compositions of my ocean plastic, drawing them in with the aesthetic. I provoke a clash between this initial aesthetic attraction and - after a second look - repulsion: one suddenly realizes the tragedy inflicted by litter on our beautiful nature_______.”

Text
Rosanne Loffeld

Styling and Photography
Thirza Schaap