the wild rose
an online exhibition
In early June 2019 I came across the most beautiful wild rose bud, highlighted by the late day sun. The plentiful rose bushes take their turn in the summer spotlight, lining the trails with pink petals of every hue.
That year, in particular, I found myself noticing them with a particular fondness - they seemed more brilliant and fragrant than I could ever recall and my muse they became. Acrylic paint on canvas, weavings, photography, mixed media on watercolour on panel - I wanted to see where the multi-faceted wild rose would take me.
Each piece in this mini series takes a look into one characteristic of the wild rose, throughout its summer life cycle. All images in this series are for sale, available for delivery locally and shipping within Canada.
Wild Rose: Rosebud
Digital Photography on Layered Wood
This Wild Rose bud, highlighted in the late day sunshine, was a key part of how and why the mini series unfolded. Although Wild Roses are a plentiful and familiar sight, scenes like this beckoned me to take a closer look - perhaps a reminder to truly stop and smell the roses!
Wild Rose 5: Fragrance
Acrylic & Ink on Canvas
What colours would represent the sweet fragrance of the Wild Rose? How could I transfer my experience in the trails to a two dimensional form? This piece is my answer to these questions, painting layer upon layer until only the colours and shapes deemed most necessary remained.
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Wild Rose 6: Petals
Mixed Media on Wood Block
The next pieces incorporate matter harvested from wild rose shrubs. This artwork utilizes petals which become a silky, delicate, paper-like material once pressed and dried. Inspired by the subtlety of texture within the five main petals, various techniques and materials were layered on a miniature wood block.
Wild Rose 7: Rose Hips
Mixed Media Sculpture
Blending whimsy with realism, this mixed media sculpture features the fruit of the rose. At the end of the blooming cycle, and before the fruit is formed, I harvested the stamen and used it in the sculpture once dried. Incorporating natural elements speaks to the idea that we may overlook the value of the life around us - something I find myself returning to, time and again.
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Wild Rose 8: Thorns
Mixed Media on Paper
The final piece in the series explored the role of the thorn - the defence mechanism of the Wild Rose. A stark contrast to the fragility of the petals, the thorns served to me a metaphor for our own desire to protect ourselves. The thorns were carefully removed and painted gold before finding their place within this small abstract piece.
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