1 Freezing flowers
is not just “freezing flowers”
The creative art of frozen botanicals is a complex process that involves the composition of materials submerged in water followed by… watchful freezing.
The freeze building process often occurs in layers. The layers require different attention to timing, color and temperature.
During the process, Anna employs a number of techniques and tools that impact and enhance the appearance of her finished piece’s. These might include torches, chisels, mallets, drills, siphons – even a chainsaw. Typically a build can take anywhere from from two days to two weeks to compose.
2 I grow
most of the flowers I freeze
I have beautiful gardens and love to work the soil, plant the specimens and watch the new blooms emerge with the changing seasons. The lifecycle of flowers animates me, and drives me to document the process as I capture the flowers, seed pods, full blooms, and spent petals.
The temporary nature of the pieces I create, is essential to the process. My time and energy are finally reduced to a pool of water and soggy stems, mirroring the rhythm of the seasons.
3 The process
can get really involved
I use a variety of techniques to sculpt my pieces. Not only do I spend a lot of time freezing in layers, I also experiment with chainsaws, fire, dyes, lighting, even building upside down.
4 The end result is never what I first imagined, and
never the end.
The un-molding process can be demanding — some freezes weigh upwards of 50lbs. Once a sculpture is removed from its mold, I photograph for hours to capture moments of change as the ice melts.