Flowers are an important aspect in the photography of Iris Gonzalez. “This is the beauty of nature, flowers are fragile and perish.” It is precisely this fact that Iris finds beautiful to capture: “A bouquet perishes, I try to freeze the moment on which it is at its most beautiful.” Iris is experimenting in her work with this moment of perfection. When is a flower at its most beautiful?
Iris Gonzalez has always had a fascination for the golden age. As a small child she was already touched by the mysticism, the wealth and the excess of that time. Later, she also started to delve deeper interest into the paintings of the old masters, especially the still lifes and portraits. Her admiration for the details, the structure and the balance between light and shadow are a source of inspiration for her. In her work, too, she plays with light and shadow the longer you look, the more details keep on appearing.
Iris Gonzalez brings an ode to the old masters with her work. With her photography she tries to create the effect of a painting, paying attention to every detail, just like in the paintings of the old masters. Just as the old masters managed to capture the light, the colours and the structures with each brush stroke, so does Iris in her photography. In her work she builds a bridge between the present and the past. From a painting from the golden age to a contemporary medium, photography.