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1 FLOWERS IN A CONTEMPORARY PAINTING PRACTICE Janette Cervin Exegesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Masters of Design by Project Unitec Institute of Technology, 2013. 2 ABSTRACT This project originated from a cornucopia of personal experiences that informed a perspective shaped by a life growing up surrounded by flowers in the context of a large creative family and a domestic-craft background. This confluence of personal experiences and tacit knowledge acquired through years developing a painting technique which had its in origins in decorative folk art, formed the foundation for this Masters of Design project. This document considers the personal and historical significance of the flower in art and in social practices. My research explores the relevance and resonance of flower painting in a contemporary art practice. Historical research into traditional vanitas painters connects with explorations of contemporary materials and painterly applications. This ...