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Heike-Karin Föll, Delphinium-Bouquet and Elaine Scarry, 2012, foam, plastic sheet, pack of Evian bottles, plastic bucket, water, wire, fresh delphiniums, 70 7/8 x 31 1/2 x 31 1/2".

Heike-Karin Föll

Elaine

Heike-Karin Föll, Delphinium-Bouquet and Elaine Scarry, 2012, foam, plastic sheet, pack of Evian bottles, plastic bucket, water, wire, fresh delphiniums, 70 7/8 x 31 1/2 x 31 1/2".

“Now, / About what to put in your poem-painting,” John Ashbery suggested, in a neighborly fashion, in an old poem: “Flowers are always nice, particularly delphinium.”And so he gave Elaine Scarry part of the subtitle, if not the seed, for her ravishing essay “Imagining Flowers: Perceptual Mimesis (Particularly Delphinium).” I found a photocopy of the essay underneath a window in an exhibition of Heike-Karin Föll’s subtle, disarming works at the (aptly named) Elaine project space in Basel. Across the room from numerous spotlit white tables carefully laden with the Berlin-based artist’s open handmade books was yet another incarnation of Ashbery’s line: an enormous bouquet of bluish purple delphinium, spilling out of a turquoise plastic bucket. At the pedestal’s foot casually sat a six-pack of Evian water bottles wrapped in bright pink plastic with the word home emblazoned across it,

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