B A C K T O I N K
An early morning trip to University of Oxford Botanical Gardens led me to go back to pen and ink. I was inspired to create some drawings inspired by the plants I discovered there. I was overwhelmed by the diverse and beautiful range of species from all around the world that I encountered and plan to continue to create a series of my favourites. With there being so much to see in Oxford, and so many different types of people living and visiting here, I thought it would be relevant to do some art which captures this feeling.
Although when you think of the word ‘relevant’ in art, botanical illustrations may not initially come to mind. They may be the sort of drawings that you relate to old dusty books. However, taking a research approach I aim to create a more lively celebration of this hidden gem of a garden in Oxford.
Full of wonderful places and wonderful people. It is a diverse city of talent, knowledge and backgrounds which has inspired many before me. I want the diversity and positivity to come through in some of my future projects.
H I D D E N G E M S
Speaking of diverse backgrounds, cultures and the hidden gems of Oxford, I picked up this strange note from Cowley Road a couple of weeks ago. At first, seeing the green I assumed it was an American dollar. But to my surprise it was a ‘Nakfa’ which is the currency of Eritrea. This really reinitiated to me the kind of area I am living and working in as an artist and from this I took how important that should be to my work.
Since then, I found this lot of foreign currencies from around the world in a local charity shop. They are so endlessly interesting to me and will definitely be used in a project sometime soon.
L O S T I M A G E S
I have worked a lot with lost and found objects and images in the past, and always seem to find myself coming back to it.
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F U T U R E P R O J E C T S
As well as the notes, I also picked up a bunch of old postcards. The randomness of the images and the lack of information I have about them is something I want to embrace. Working with text and repeating of messages, I am planning to create a project solely based on these finds!
For more information on past projects, see here !