Desert Rose

Aydin Hayri, 2013

4 12 x 12 particle board panels, acrylic and found objects

Desert Rose (4)

This is another imagery from our trip to Morocco — desert rose — I do not know whether it is the official or correct name for this plant, but here is how it looks, an ungainly, bulbous stem and sharply narrowing stems and leaves, with unexpectedly beautiful flowers.

Photgraph of a desert rose

What may come across as an ugly duckling is a streamlined plant, surviving in an extreme environment. In these four panels, I tried to depict a desert rose emerging out of a sandstorm, sometimes victorious (bottom right panel), sometimes lingering at the edge of demise (bottom left panel), sometimes engulfing a challenging sun (top left), or withstanding a sustained attack with grace (upper right panel).

I think I will keep visiting the desert rose theme, trying different depictions of this long serving, diligent plant.