Study of Anemone Ranunculoides

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Study of Anemone Ranunculoides
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2018. h:34cms x w:29cms (framed).

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I was inspired by the pressed specimen of anemone ranunculoides in the Margaret Rebecca Dickinson (a Victorian botanist) archive in the Natural History Society of Northumbria. This pressed specimen sheet has, in addition to the delicate pressed plants, 'ghost' images of other pressed specimens which have transferred over time, on to the mounting paper. There is a suggestion of 'Momento Mori' (a reflection on mortality) where the physical presence of the dead plants exists alongside the physical trace of the long absent anemones. I tried to give equal expression to the 'body' and 'essence' of the natural world in this drawing.
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