Orchids are complex, varied, mysterious, and seductive flowers that are frequently found in lush tropical forests. They are associated with fertility, luxurious beauty, and exotic places. An Orchidarium is a greenhouse or garden that is devoted to their collection and study. It celebrates the natural world but does not mimic it.
Debora Moore creates sculpted glass orchids that are inspired by her distant travels and immersion in nature. She has been captivated by tropical Jamaican blooms, Olympic forest nurse logs, Thai bamboo, and Antarctic lichen. Her glass orchids are sometimes treated as isolated specimens, pinned to the wall, suspended in air, or arranged as in Japanese ikebana—a stem or two gracefully emerging from shallow bowl. At other times, Moore attaches orchids to mossy branches or bamboo—pairings that make aesthetic, rather than botanical, sense. They are celebrations of nature’s splendor and cycles of regeneration.