Sian Barlow

Nasturtiums_2

Title: Nasturtiums

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 51cm x 66cm

Sian’s Artist Statement

I am a second year student of Fine Art Painting, Drawing and Print-making at Carmarthen School of Art. In my art practice, and as I develop my skills and confidence, I am increasingly interested in exploring what I consider to be central mysteries: themes of time, indeterminacy and change.

This painting, ‘Nasturtiums’, is in acrylic on canvas, and is partly inspired by works by the Dutch 17th Century flower painters, Maria van Oosterwijck and Rachel Ruysch.

In their work, it seems to me that these artists meditate on the short span of our human lives, and the question therefore of how we should live; even as they draw attention to the ephemeral qualities of plant and insect life, but also its exuberant beauty, abundance and fecundity.

The intention in this work was to focus my own attention on time and death: the short period of time after I had picked the flowers from the garden and whilst I painted them. Even as I painted they changed, their unbelievable intensity of colour faded and they dropped down.

Sian Barlow, November 2017.

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