“Exploded flowers” is a collection of images that show the radial symmetry of flowers, and individual floral components, dissected into individual components by Chinese artist Fong Qi Wei.

“Exploded Flowers” delivers spring’s blossoms in a less-than-conventional way. Reminiscent of exploding fireworks, it’s fascinating to see the radial footprints each flower makes relative to the size of its actual bloom. The meticulously arrayed petals closely resemble mandalas or celestial bodies.  Each composition underscores the unbelievable symmetry packed into often small flowers.  However, partially inspired by Todd McLellan’s disassembly series,there is also subtle medical atmosphere to the photographs, as if they were autopsied flowers or like pinned butterflies.  The series of photographer and artist Fong Qi Wei placed second in the 2012 International Photography Awards.

“I have been using photography as a medium for more than 10 years, and am now actively involved in the print making process to achieve my final vision for my art. Regarding photography, I feel that the print is still the end point of the artistic process. Although screen resolutions and color rendering are improving by the day, the lack of standard calibration is an impedance between the audience and the artist. A print removes all the variables in color and resolution’, says the artist about herself. “The use of photography captures the beauty and intricacies of nature’s flowers in the moment of full bloom, and at the same time lets you have a different appreciation of their beauty”, she adds, smiling.

So, transformation through dismantling? Yep, not only possible, but beautiful.