Grief is a universal path. It is a journey of internal seasons, from the bleak coldness of Winter towards the hope and restoration of Spring.  Over time, we incrementally adjust and begin to notice the small buds that signal renewed hope of beauty ahead. 


Flowers are often emblems of ephemerality and mortality, and while no single flower solely represents grief, the rose is arguably the most well-known flower associated with death, mourning and rebirth. Perhaps this is because roses carry the same duality we wrestle with during our grief – the conflict between our head and our body.  Our mind knows we must move on, but our heart is splintered and aches for the past.  These polar opposites must find a way of sitting side by side in order for us to bloom again.  


Roses carry this same contrast.  The rose head attracts and seeks the warmth of a new day, but its body repels and carries thorny notches of pain.


The Sculpture ‘Repose’ was Sandra Robinson’s first step into Spring following her Mother’s death.  Adorned with roses, it offers a poignant reminder that blooming and decaying, life and death, are inseparable – but that which does not last becomes all the more precious for it.


Materials: ceramic; dimensions: H12.5 x W12 x D8 inches


Artist Bio

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Sandra Rbinson graduated with a First-class honour at the University of Ulster before undertaking a Masters at the Royal College of Art in Ceramics and Glass, London in 2010 – 2012.

Sandra is a figurative artist who works with both 2-d and 3-d work concerning the human condition. Although all aspects of her practice inform and complement each other, she is foremost a maker of things. Using her hands has always been fundamental to her practice and central to her artistic expression.


I create Commissioned Portraits, Sculpture for exhibitions, write about creativity and travel across the country teaching creative classes in ceramics and painting.