Watch: Rebecca Louise Law's Stunning and Poetic "Death of Albine"

May 14, 2018

"Each work is made with sensitivity to the emotions that a flower can evoke." So London-based artist Rebecca Louise Law told us in the Spring 2018 Quarterly, as she explained the stories behind her often-massive, always sublime flower-based installations. Today, we show you "Death of Albine," a collaborative film project between director Mike Sharpe and Law that is inspired from elements of the French novel "The Sinful Priest," by Emile Zola.

The novel centers on a love affair between a young priest and an innocent girl, Albine. After Albine is abandoned by her lover, she decides to tear the flowers from the garden, in which they consummated their affair, to make a deathbed, where she then lies down and dies. The scene inspired the painting The Death of Albine by late British pre-Raphaelite painter John Collier, which forms the title of our film.

"This book was given to me at the start of my art practice in 2002 and was an inspiration into how far you can use flowers within the creative arts," Law notes. "In this case, Zola uses flowers to describe human emotion and physicality through words.”