"when wilted lilies become see through" reflects my interest in these flowers as a form and symbol. The wilting lilies symbolize life's fragility and death's inevitability, and have personal significance to me. After our mother's death, I went to Rome. Prior to that, I had spent the last weeks with her. Upon returning home, where I had grown up, I began photographing white lilies. These flowers were once given to my mother in the hospital after my birth, a welcoming gift for her and me. These same flowers were given to me after my mother's passing. Being with her in the moment of her death was surreal and incomprehensible. Despite the agitation, I felt an intense closeness to her, even as she slipped into a dissociative state, a constant loose reverie. It was a paradox, experiencing the simultaneous feelings of letting go and a deep sense of togetherness, tenderness, and closeness. The lilies, these beautiful and delicate structures, serve a a symbol. They encapsulate the painful, yet inevitable, quality of the experience of being with her in such state, and transform it into something that's almost poetic and delicate. In addition, they also serve a dual function as a link between my mother and myself. It forms a symbolic bridge between two fundamental aspects of life, the process of dying and the equally significant process of being born. “ When wilted lilies become see through” is a series of collages that denotes my fascination with these flowers as a form and shape, as well as an alchemical symbol. The wilting lilies, with their delicate petals and transient beauty, symbolize the fragility of life and the inevitability of death in this project. For each collage, I layered several photographic images, each depicting the flower's different blooming states over time. The images, alternating between sharp and blurred, mirror the shifting states of consciousness our mother experienced, navigating between the present and the “beyond”, or here and “there” The collages portray these flowers in a way that neither camera nor human eye can fully comprehend.

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