These portraits of WildFlowers are based on actual plants, mostly orchids. Mysterious and exotic, orchids evoke many aspects of the human body in their shapes and symmetry.
In classical mythology Orchis was the son of a nymph and a satyr, and his lustful appetite resulted in his being torn to scattered pieces which grew into the first orchids.
My fascination with metamorphoses continues in this work, not only with the myth of Orchis, but with the concept of imaginary hybrid forms that contain elements of different species.
I begin these delicate paper works with motion – splashing, pouring and manipulating different types of ink.
This dynamic composition introduces an element of chance into the work and provides the structure upon which I layer image and texture. My technique echoes the theme of the hybrid or chimera, as I combine different images.
Maybe these are portraits of some of the many forms as yet unknown to us, species waiting to be discovered.