Specimen

Susan Knight continues her exploration of an ephemeral ‘museum of nature’.

Linseed oil and pigment are again exploited to create images of foliage which hover between alchemical shrouds, fossil memories and painterly Rorschach blots.

The leaves of the Dahlia Imperialis, Gingko, Fig, Hibiscus and Rhododendron make up the artist’s arboreal lexicon. A gamut of marks dissolve and bleed the leaf form as much as they sometimes describe its veinous tracery. The bleeds may be accidental incorporations; or, undertaken as a more formal process in the manner of Japanese bamboo or chrysantheum painting, where the mark, or dissolve becomes a deliberate stylistic.

Amanda Johnson
1998