“Cabbage” and “Fuzzhead”
‘Cabbage’ and ‘Fuzzhead’ are both part of a series of ink drawings I’ve been working on for a few years now. I’m approaching my botanicals as what I’ve taken to think of as energy portraiture. I’m giving a visual language to the ‘vibe’ of the plant, the life energy. Sometimes that looks like a personification of the plant, other times it manifests as a fantastical recreation of the botanical structure. Incorporating many stages of growth and maturity help to represent the subject as a whole story as opposed to a singular chapter in its existence. Typically, I choose a form that is either toward the beginning or end of the lifecycle and braid into the piece the former or latter stages of development, either through actual imagery or suggested movement within the posture of the subject. In the case of “Cabbage,” you see a secondary growth stage of seedling, reaching up and out with big swoops suggesting the final spherical finish of the adult vegetable. “Fuzzhead” is confident, marching with knowledge that old age brings as it offers out it’s seed heads to the universe for scattering, the cycle to begin anew.