Anya Gallaccio is a Scottish fine artist who was nominated for the 2003 turner prize with her piece ‘Preserve Beauty’. She often uses organic materials which undergo a change during the time they are being exhibited.

Preserve Beauty (1991-2003)

Gallaccio used 2,000 red gerberas behind glass which were left to rot. She described the gerberas as a ‘disposibal commodity’ as they are mass-produced on farms. I like the way they beauty of the flowers contrast the rotting process they go through and the way Gallaccio presents the audience with the process the gerberas go through when they are disposed of.