Visual Art


Flowers of Sickness: Marcel van der Vlugt’s “A New Day”

These lovely images are from Marcel van der Vlugt’s medically inspired series A New Day. They depict “flowers of illness,” featuring the subjects in hospital regalia (bandages, oxygen masks, bound limbs), among medical equipment, upon the operating and examining table, but simultaneously intertwined with, wearing, sprouting flowers, seeming somehow strong at the same time that they represent fragility and trauma, and suggesting that they are reborn, given new life in the midst of sickness and sterility.