STUDIO of VANESSA LEWIS
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Floriography: the language of flowers
Here, I have created original paintings using paints hand-made with all natural materials from plants, rock minerals and historic pigments. I have gathered paint recipes from all over the world from a time when only natural ingredients were available for artists to use. I am working on Bagasse paper which is made from sugarcane pulp, being more sustainable than using trees. And to make it just that little bit special and unique, each painting contains a paint made from the plant depicted in the image. Each one is framed in sustainable Tasmanian Oak, hand made in Australia.
For this series, I have been captivated by the many global traditions of Floriography which is the sharing of coded messages through plants, as such, a painting can be a really lovely way of having a long-lasting memento of love. The floriography I have attached to the flowers is a personal interpretation of many different cultural meanings assigned to each flower. For the Australian native flowers, as there is no definitive floriography yet, I have researched them individually and where there is open-knowledge Indigenous significance I have been influenced by that but also the history of the naming of these plants.
Note* I respectfully do not claim to be a botanist, I'm learning and exploring as I go. The month labels are super-imposed and not on the actual painting.