Magritte in the Garden

Magritte’s simple compositions that focus persistently on specific objects or scenes, thus endowing them with an uncanny, dreamlike quality, have largely inspired the structure of this group of works. The simple shapes and themes, however, have been invested with an extra layer of herbal patterns – close-up snapshots of moments in a garden, one could say. Gardens have often represented the holy place where matter meets spirit in many an iconographic tradition (in Europe, Byzantium, Islam, Japan et al.). To cultivate a garden, one needs to accept and respectfully pay heed to the natural patterns of change within it. The same goes for the cultivation of the human heart, where art may be present both as a necessary utensil and as a brilliant flower.