False Friends is a series of vases holding various bouquets. The bouquets in these vases all refer to myths and stories in which these specific flowers play a special role. In each of the stories I selected, the flowers have shaken off their usual image of beauty and loveliness, and instead have become characters announcing misfortune or an unexpected turn of events. False Friends, the title of the work, is a term used in linguistics to describe words from different languages that sound or look the same, but have a different meaning. Subsequently, each flower arrangement is named after the character in the story that interacts with these flowers:
False Friends (Alice)ceramic vase, flowers (White lily, orange lily, white rose, red rose, larkspur)
When Alice in C.S. Lewis’ Alice in Wonderland enters the garden of the red queen, she looks at these flowers and whishes they could talk. However, when they do start to talk, they’re very rude and offensive to her.
False Friends (Felicia)
ceramic vase, flowers (Carnation)