Rayne Cauchi’s Flowers and Songs Collection: Apr - May 2019
Rayne Cauchi’s Flowers and Songs Collection (until May 31, 2019)
Hello, I’m Rayne Cauchi, an 18-year-old student going into her second year of her fine arts degree at Western University. I grew up in London, but my inspiration comes from the things I connect with the most deeply, such as mental health, queer experiences, overcoming struggles and illness, as well as nature and the outdoors. This is my first public showing of my work. This collection is called Flowers and Songs, and I am proud to be displaying my work at Spot of Delight. I really love this vibrant and inclusive space which invites everyone to enjoy positive and safe sexual experiences.
You’ll notice the two different types of pieces up in the main section of the store, the ‘flowers’ and the ‘songs’.
About Flower Language
The ‘flowers’ are the bigger works which feature women with the heads of plant life. In high school, I had a friend who taught me and got me interested in flower language, which is the practice of using bouquets to communicate a desire, a feeling, or even insult. It was used most popularly in the Victorian Era, when the rituals of courtship between men and women were very nuanced and intricate; men often communicated their intentions with a woman using flower language to the girl and her family. I took this idea—born from a very sexually repressed and misogynistic era—and incorporated it to express the sexual and feminine energies that exist in everyday women. So, each flower head represents an idea in flower language, and tells a story though both the flower and characters.
Playful and Submission—These two pieces go together or work as stand alone works. The hyacinth in flower language means “playful” while grass signifies “submission”. I want to explore more BDSM culture and narratives, as I’m new to the community but also enjoy participating in it and learning more.
I Desire You—The peony in flower language means “gay life” and “happy marriage”. It also means “shame”, which comes from looking at my diaries as a young girl. I was scared to exploring my body and sexual desires as a young person and struggled to come to terms with my bisexuality. It wasn’t until later in high school and then in university that I would fully gain my confidence as woman with wants and desires.
Powerful—Garlics in bloom communicate courage and strength, which I wanted to embody in Rosie the Riveter, as she is the feminine icon of womanly power and abilities.
Fern and a Daisy—Ferns signify secret bonds of love, while daisies say one has innocence, a loyal love, purity, and say “I’ll never tell”. My first crush on a girl happened when I was around 12 years old, and we shared feelings with one another that I had never felt before. We were both young and scared, however, of what others would think, and kept it secret for several weeks, until our ‘friendship’ dissolved under the pressure. I would later as a teenager have more ‘secret’ relationships with girls, and I discovered later in life that this experience is not uncommon among young queer people.
Rosebud (White)—Rosebuds, specifically white ones, represent girlhood. It’s a dark piece, telling the story of the loss of childhood innocence that unfortunately happens too often to children too young.
The smaller pieces on the walls are all paintings inspired by song lyrics. I had a very close friend of mine curate a list of songs that he enjoyed, only criteria being they all had to be from different artists. I wanted a vast arrangement, so I could have many different pieces which were distinct. The titles of each song are the titles of the work.
I love exploring the relationship between poetry, visual art, and music. They are all very different forms of art which are interconnected deeply. I want to play with how words are placed and used visually, and how to translate a noise or feeling into an image. I’m a visual thinker, and I often imagine colours and pictures before I can think of words or sounds, so I use that ability to create visual representations of poetry and music. I want the viewer to be able to see and feel that things I do when looking at my work, and that desire goes beyond just these pieces. The work to the right is lyrical interpretation of a spoken word poem by Dandelion Hands, and I hope that if you ever decide to look up this or any of the other songs that these pieces resonate with you and their images are clear in your mind they were to me.