Spring Five, 2019
Giclée print on matte acid-free 100% cotton rag paper
About the Artist
Christin Geall (b.1969, Canada) focuses on the intersections of nature, culture, and horticulture through her works. A writer, gardener, floral designer, and photographer, Christinis the author of the book Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style (Princeton Architectural Press, 2020). Trained in horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, she completed a BA in Environmental Studies & Anthropology and a MFA in Writing before becoming a columnist, adjunct professor, and designer. Through her company, Cultivated, Christin teaches and speaks internationally. Christin lives and works in British Columbia, Canada.
About the Artwork
In March of 2020, I was teaching at the New York Botanic Garden with a dreamy literary launch ahead of me: a book party in London, time with my son in Paris, followed by a celebration on the publication day of Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Style at a small château in France. As bookshops closed the world over and my sadness settled into grief, I struggled to create beauty from my garden. One day, I saw this old box in my studio. It’s a fruit crate, maybe six inches deep with slats for a back. I came to see it as a form of containment and safety—a defined space to function within, mirroring my life in the pandemic.