Inspired by Victorian Era Glasshouses I started to draw and paint on transluscent Yupo paper. I like the transparency I get with this support and how it reacts to the different media I experiment with. I create imaginary landsacpes and botanical worlds using charcoal, graphite, pastel, acrylic paint, ink and even collage.
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I am intrigued by the changes that occurred at the beginning of the 20th century and how they brought about the birth of the modern era. I am also fascinated with old buildings. Even more if the building in question is decrepit, abandonned and left for the vegetation to regain it's stake on the land, as for Victorian era glasshouses. I get chills from seeing vintage photos of their opulent grandeur and the social status they came to represent. I imagine them filled to capacity with lush tropicals and rare botanicals competing for light.
I can't help but think that at the same time, the growth of the industrial revolution was bringing upon new ideology and cultural shifts. And so with time, these impressive structures became a thing of the past. This artwork series depicts the polarization of old and new ideas with lush botanicals surounded by unexpected shapes and colours. You can follow my progress on Instagram below.