The use of garlands seen in Wentz’s work is a reference to the inclusion of specific flowers, often found throughout many cultures with regards to ceremonies and rituals dealing with states of transition.
“I was living in Paris, France during the Covid lockdowns and at the same time, I experienced the loss of someone very dear to me. During the days not much was open other than grocery stores and the churches. Therefore, I spent an ample amount of time sitting in century-old cathedrals and studying the many artworks within. As the days went by, I began to feel the transcendent nature of these religious works and the feeling of awe they can inspire. They are meditations where one can instigate and experience change both psychologically and emotionally. Similarly, The Tibetan Book of the Dead acts as a literal guidebook to the ‘afterlife’, often describing this transition as an experience of colour. In Buddhist traditions, this liminal state is known as ‘The Bardo’.” – John Wentz, 2021.