There is something magical about my parents’ garden. I think it's the time they've spent shaping it. Everywhere I look, I can see my mum's careful planning, my dad's kooky sense of humour and their combined hard work. It's such a lovely space to be in and spend time.
The images started out as photographs that I made at night. Each one took a commitment of time, up to 30 minutes for each exposure—time I spent walking through the frame and painting selected parts of it with torchlight. Most of those nights, mum helped carry equipment, hold torches and paint light into the frame. We spent a lot of time keeping each other company. These hours together weren't unusual for us, but they are special. We were making something together.
The garden and original photographs have such rich colour that fall into the night’s darkness, so for this series of work, I decided to combine two print making processes together, Chine Colle and Photopolymer to create the balance between dark and colour.
These pictures are my way of cultivating something to add to this garden.
Golden Tree 2014, 20cm x 29cm (plate size) Fine art paper / Chine Colle, Photopolymer
Cyril 2014, 20cm x 29cm (plate size) Fine art paper / Chine Colle, Photopolymer
Juggling Man 2014, 20cm x 29cm (plate size) Fine art paper / Chine Colle, Photopolymer
Tools of the Trade 2014, 20cm x 29cm (plate size) Fine art paper / Chine Colle, Photopolymer