Fruit Saloon Natural Pigment Paintings
This series of Natural Pigment Paintings were made during my stay in a small village in Peru on the edge of the Amazon Jungle. During my time there I worked with natural pigments and foraged materials found around the Peruvian Inca Heartland. A series of still life paintings of fresh local produce, handmade ceramics and found objects.
I used seeds, bark, roots, stones and clay to create the paints used in these works. 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. Seeing how my relationship with my surroundings changed over the course of my stay deeply informed the progression of these paintings. I became deeply absorbed in the colours that I saw in the surroundings. The rich earthy colours of the soil, and clay that made up the hills were not what i had expected to see and so I was very surprised to take so much inspiration from this aspect of jungle life.
Thinking literally making paintings from the earth that are 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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