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The above art is made entirely of rose petals that have been treated and preserved. The petals have been sutured together by hand. It was created by Doris Salcedo, a Colombian artist. The piece was created in Colombia, South America, and is a by-product of Salcedo's research into the story of a nurse in Colombia who, after overcoming great obstacles in her life, was kidnapped and tortured to death. It is described by the artist as a “shroud”. She called her work A Flor de Piel, an idiomatic Spanish proverb similar to the English expression of “wearing one's heart on one's sleeve.” Literally, it means “like the flower of skin”; it means “with extreme emotion” or “to be overcome by emotion”. According to the artist, A Flor de Piel started with the simple intention to perform the funerary ritual that was denied to the nurse. The way the piece has been created is deeply evocative of a beautiful and eternal flower offering to those who pass away.
We witness death a lot in medicine and it is refreshing to find an artist who is a flor de piel.