What happens when you take one of the most beautiful things in the world, flowers, and break them down into their many parts? The answer, as Singapore based artist Fong Qi Wei found, was that they retain their beauty, while revealing a radial symmetry and structure often overlooked. By taking fresh flowers and carefully disassembling them onto a white photography table, Qi Wei collapses their delicate forms and lays bare the secrets of these decorations custom made by mother nature.
Much inspired by the product based Disassembly series by Todd McLellan, Qi Wei’s work instead focuses on the natural form, reveling in the way the natural world creates colorful, intricate forms, specifically for the purpose of reproduction. Qi Wei explains one of the things that unexpectedly revealed itself through the series:
“The act of disassembly (I hesitate to use the term dissection because this series is not meant to be a scientific treatise) lays bare the various shapes and textures of the flowers, and what is interesting to me is how much more expanded some flowers can get when they are disassembled – the relative surface area to size of a rose is so much greater compared to a larger flower like the sunflower.”