Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Cast iron, 6” x 6” x 4”
Sitting on the train to go from London Kings Cross Station to Glasgow Central, I happened to sit next to a young Scottish man, named Mathew. He was fiddling with pieces of paper and I asked him what he was doing. He told me he was Scotland’s origami champion. He was practicing the art for a tournament he had in a few weeks. Matthew taught me his skill. During the 5-hour journey, I was able to master the paper Rose.
The Emblem of the Rose is very important to my heritage. The civil war of the United Kingdom, known as the War of the Roses (1455-1485), is how England won the right to the throne. This is how the English Hierarchy came to dictate and cast a shadow on the rest of the U.K. The rose is also thought to represent the artist in the Scottish architecture such as in “the Mackintosh” building at the Glasgow School of Art. Artists and art students are considered precious and inspiring just like a rose. Casting the origami rose into iron makes it everlasting, made out of a memory that easily could be forgotten. The shape of the paper is still to be seen, but its fragility has been taken away.