'Shooting Up', stock market newspaper, archival inkjet, acrylic on canvas, board and tulipwood. 150 x 100cm / 2013
After Tulipmania, the first economic bubble over 370 years ago during the Dutch Golden era, the tulip flower’s symbolism of being the most high-status flower transformed in Still life Vanitas paintings to also represent the folly of humanity, civilisation and society. The alluring speculation of the Tulip, a transient beauty brought Holland to it’s knees economically where at it’s peak a bulb sold for more than a house, has parallels with our current global financial crisis as a cycle of repeated history. The Chinese vases hint at where the next bubble might be with flowers psychedelically depicted to suggest a delirious alternate reality. The still life is sometimes regarded as a passive genre but was an expression of what was the birth of modern capitalism with Holland’s trading power.