Coming from a background in fashion in London, Freya moved to Sydney and has taken on painting as the new medium through which she explores her visual concepts. She looks to botany for inspiration and notes her upbringing as something of a catalyst in this regard. “I grew up in a cottage with a quintessential English garden that was abundant with an enormous variety of plant life. I spent a large part of my childhood outside, growing plants from seeds and collecting flower specimens and hiding out in the woodlands.”
In her current series, Freya looks to the temporal nature of flowers, noting their fluid, silken structure as having the likeness of fabric. Her process begins by selecting a variety of flowers, sometimes with a particular specimen in mind, sometimes spontaneously. She then photographs the flowers in different lights and arrangements over the course of several days. The images she picks are dependent on the flower and when they look most interesting in their gentle period of decay- “Some flowers looks best in full bloom, but I find others take on a new kind of beauty when they start to wilt”. Once decided on an image, Freya commits herself to the canvas. She has a tendency to keep her backgrounds white, giving the subject a feeling of being weightlessly suspended- “It emphasises the transitory moment of the fickle bloom”.
Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University