Every garden is a replica, a representation, an attempt to recapture something.
Robert Harbison Eccentric Spaces
The drawings in Escape and Wilder are inspired by John Parkinson’s1629 Paradisi in sole Paradisus Terrestris, one of the first garden manuals printed in England. Where Parkinson's collected woodcuts are used to organize the name, the place, the time and the virtues of native and newly introduced specimens, my images layer what is familiar, recognizing them as escapes naturalized in Canadian fields. Colour, as well as stencilled patterns based on historic pattern, suggest the growth and form of the plants amplifying the familiar identification, but also placing it within the domestic. Beeswax, a final layer,
evokes a further mnemonic with the aroma of honey that emanates from the work.
Escape All images 76x102cm, mixed print media on washi, acrylic, oil and beeswax mounted on panel. $1800
All images 49.5x75cm, mixed print media on washi with chine colle and acrylic. $900
Reading the Field
All images 96x122cm, Wet mounted mixed print media on washi with acrylic and sometimes gold leaf. $2200