Artwork

Botanical Portraits

Botanical Portraits are a series of round and rectangular works on paper inspired by collections of insects and botanical specimens.  I am currently working on this series.  

Detailed drawings are made using technical drafting pens with watercolour and collage on heavy sheets of watercolour paper.  Diagrams and studies of locally collected botanical specimens are drawn and positioned to create unusual portraits.  The act of collecting specimens references classification and early colonial exploration in Australia.  Systems of classification were often used in an attempt to ‘know' the unknown, and at times unpredictable, even invented results ensued.  These works take this concept and expand on it by using groupings of actual forms to create entirely new, invented forms. 

Leaves become eyes and mouths, insects are re-imagined as noses and a plethora of imagery is used to suggest hair, framing the face.  Fine detail in the pen work references scientific illustration and contrasts stains of watercolour.  Botanical and insect specimens are drawn from life and from diagrams in botany books.  These invented forms are reminiscent of a past era of exploration, and are inspired by the whimsy and fantastical elements in the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo and Hieronymus Bosch. 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 



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  • Botanical Portrait 01 - watercolour and ink on watercolour paper 76cm x 56cm 2011
  • Botanical Portrait 02 - watercolour and ink on watercolour paper 76cm x 56cm 2011
  • Botanical Portrait 03 - watercolour and ink on watercolour paper 76cm x 56cm 2011
  • Botanical Portrait 04 - watercolour and ink on watercolour paper 30cm x 25cm 2010
  • Botanical Swarm Portrait - watercolour and ink on watercolour paper 68.5cm diameter 2011
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