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Bonsai........
pencil on paper
203 cm x 135 cm
2011

Selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2011see: www.jerwoodvisualarts.orgreview by: www.thisistomorrow

Also selected for the Salon Art Prize 2012 and shown in 'Natural Flux' exhibition 2013.


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Jerwood Space

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BayArts
BayArts - Cardiff
         

This drawing continues my exploration into the fluid junctures between nature and culture. A Bonsai tree is a culturally manipulated work of art that can be handed down through generations but so tenuous is its life that with a few days of neglect it could die. In drawing this dead Bonsai, liberating it from its small size and its roots from a cramped container it asks possible questions of fragility, cultural difference, insecurity, liberation, mortality. Drawing, as a way of thinking, allows me to allude to such issues occurring in the world today.