Garden of Remembrance

Aaron Bell

Belfast School of Art, Ulster University

This series takes an alternative look at the idea of family, looking at the relationship between plants and humans. They make life possible on earth. They produce the very oxygen which we breathe. Without them we would be lost. This makes it all the more interesting that many people choose plants to commemorate events, many of which are births and deaths. They can provide comfort for the bereaved. By marking a grave, can there ever truly be death? As the plant grows, it takes on the persona of the life that it marks, becoming the symbol of that life. In birth, a plant represents a person's journey, growing from a seed, becoming rooted, and growing to maturity. I chose to venture into people's gardens in search of these symbolic plants to document how family extends into nature. It cannot be constrained by four walls. It is so much more than that.