I am excited to present this new body of work (along with my ‘The Flowering Sun’ series) with The Heriot Gallery in Edinburgh, from 3rd September to 2nd October 2021.
These works are inspired by the Moon and the wild flower, Hedge Bindweed.
The moon is the Earth’s only satellite, its gravitational influence is the main driver of Earth’s tides and it’s phases are linked to the growing cycle of plants. Hedge Bindweed, or Calystegia sepium (also known as bugle vine, heavenly trumpets, bellbind etc) is common throughout temperate regions of the North and South hemispheres. A herbaceous perennial that twines around other plants, in a counter-clockwise direction. At dusk the trumpet-like white flowers of Hedge Bindweed seem almost luminous in the fading light, and stay open into the night, all night if there is a moon.
In making my artworks I often construct things with flowers, posies, daisy chains etc. For these works I constructed a sphere of Hedge Bindweed flowers to create a ‘moon’ which I used as the starting point for my paintings. Above you can see an image of Hedge Bindweed, an image of the model while being constructed, and an image of the completed model.
The model became the starting point for my paintings, which are all watercolour and acrylic on paper, aprox 38x38cm. I have portrayed four phases of the moon in Bindweed : A new moon (often darkly visible), two half moons (opposite sides illuminated, and a full moon (bright).