A made-to-order print on archival paper: Innova Fibaprint Matt from my original watercolour painting on paper: ‘In my mother’s garden: hydrangeas’
watercolour, gouache and pencil on Arches paper
original work size: 56cm x 76cm
Each size print run will be limited to 10, signed and numbered.
My (adoptive), mother grew old fashioned flowers at home and although the garden wasn’t a great one, there were always cut flowers in vases. Hydrangeas grew at one side of the house seemingly without help and I’ve always associated them with her.
The green apples are a reminder of a very worm-eaten old apple tree we had in the garden, the apples were only good for stewing but we had a tyre, used as a swing suspended from it for years.
The tablecloth design is adapted from Spitalfield silk motifs from around 1700 – a European contrast to the usual Indonesian batik designs I use in my work.
As an adult adoptee I have worried about not been ‘grateful’ enough though I know my parents would not have viewed it that way.
The hydrangea is a symbol of love, gratitude, and enlightenment.