“During lockdown I sometimes used my garden as a temporary studio in the summer sun, where it felt warm and comforting on the skin, outside smelt like the magic potently of spring, the sound of birdsong and the disappearance of cars and planes became ever more present in my London garden, where time slowed down so much that the fenced boundaries became a stage for new paintings. Thus, allowed me to make work that was directly in touch with nature and more in touch with subjects that were closer to home, nature, and reflection as a consequence.
Take air into the lungs, 'Breathe', expel it, draw in, exhale, necessity, relief, calm, deeply, slowly, relax.
Lavender is believed to be used for its healing properties, to use the scent of lavender helps to aid one's calmness, good health, and wellbeing. This image aims to live in that moment of calm.
Others in this small series of works explored the magic of the dandelion, where to be at its best you must blow all the seeds off in one 'breath'. Hold the fluffy head of your dandelion near your mouth and breathe in the direction of the breeze as they disperse their seeds from the wishes we blow, carrying our thoughts and dreams to loved ones.
Dandelions are used as medicinal purposes to cure illnesses and pains, yet also as a symbol of emotional healing. Delicate, yes but they endure almost any living condition growing all over the world, and therefore represent overcoming every hardship by standing strong and proud. “- Rebecca Harper