From the ancient Egyptians’ abstracted lotus to the iconic designs of William Morris, it is apparent that the appeal of floral imagery is timeless. Rusak’s Flora collection iterates upon this human impulse to incorporate the natural world in decoration by preserving, rather than representing, floral forms.
In suspending floral and vegetal matter within resin, Rusak allows the material to retain its authentic and genuine qualities. In the last couple of years he has developed two methods, which he calls Flora Perma and Flora Temporaria. Flora Temporaria produces a surface in which the flowers are completely submerged in resin reflecting an intriguing depth. Objects made with Flora Temporaria become part of our lives, while contributing a subtle nature of their own. The main component is flowers, which once unwanted and discarded, now processed and treated – turn into almost life like tissue.