About the project
"Lately I’ve been really inspired by the Victorians and their obsession with wellness during the peak of Tuberculosis and finding connective social patterns to the current global pandemic we are dealing with. Plants became a fascination and gardening, much like a visit to the sea, became a medically prescribed escape. This national obsession with all things botanical went so far as to create a language of flowers, ascribing meaning to each type known as the fad of Floriography - a notion I often use utilise in my portrait paintings. During this time dark blooms became much desired and entire gardens were dedicated to these sought after dark blossoms and foliage. For this project I wanted to pay homage to the Victorian black garden by creating a loose pattern of black pansies (Viola Bowles Black) representing floral symbolism: mysticism, sorrow and the yearning for everlasting love."