Anat Shiftan created this sculpture in 2019. It is from her Flora Series. Shiftan is an Israeli ceramic artist based in New York whose work explores the relationship between nature, humanity and art . She uses motifs drawn from Western art history to create floral centerpieces arranged in still life vignettes. In her own words, “When I make my floral piles, I explore the ambivalent condition of our relation with nature. As I attempt to look at nature I realize it is not there for me to view. Nature is an authentic, unpredictable, and uninterrupted phenomenon... not neutral or objective but rather powerful and opinionated. Nature embodies the texture of sexuality, life, and death..."