Fruit Saloon Natural Pigment Paintings
Fruit Saloon Natural Pigment Paintings of Peruvian Fruit and Vegetables. These paintings were made during my stay in a small village in Peru on the edge of the Amazon Jungle. During my time in the Amazon I worked with natural pigments and foraged materials found around the Peruvian Inca Heartland. I made a series of still life paintings of fresh local produce, handmade ceramics and found objects.
All the pigments I made were 100% natural and handmade using locally foraged materials including earth, clay, stones from local rivers, bark from trees and crushed seeds. This method of creation put me deeply in touch with the land and the artistic heritage of the Peruvian people. I then used synthetic watercolour paints to add the man made items in the paintings such a plastic bottle tops and kitchen utensils.
Processing raw materials to create natural watercolours I looked at how I relate to nature, my direct experience of being in the Amazon Jungle and what makes something exotic. I saw how my relationship with my surroundings changed over the course of my stay. This deeply informed the progression of these art works. I became more and more absorbed in the colours that I saw in my surroundings. The rich earthy colours of the soil. The clay that made up the hills were not what i had expected to see and so I was very surprised to take inspiration from this aspect of jungle life.
Thinking literally and making paintings from the earth. Focused on what is grown from the earth and sadly what we have been leaving behind for example plastic objects such as bottle tops.
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