Boyd Webb

Aotearoa New Zealand / England, b.1947

Iris

  • Purchased, 2007
  • Photograph
  • 1248 x 1648mm
  • 2007/009
  • 2005

Writer Emily Perkins has described Boyd Webb’s photographs as ‘vivid universes of the underneath’. His sublimely imagined, meticulously staged tableaux reveal a fascination with fabrication and fakery. Flowers have long been used in art as symbols of life’s transient pleasures, but the falseness of Webb's monstrously enlarged silk flower is what preserves it – disconcertingly – forever. (Brought to light, November 2009)