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Botanical Series
28.09.2006

Recently I have become interested in representing blossoms and more botanical images. I find it interesting to observe strange forms with odd particulars, such as lines or blotchiness or fur on a surface when seen up close. By looking at the surface closely it becomes something different, something that is no longer the plant in front of you, but a field of grass, or coloured dunes, or cracks in a dry valley. It can also be seen as a human surface, wrinkled skin, a porous, flaky surface covered in hair. One of the general interests we find in flowers is their sensuality, their curving petals, which while emerging take on such striking colors, the feel of their soft surfaces, the numerous forms which they develop into. These sensual details are what interest me, stamens that emerge from the depths of a blossom or the simplicity of the curves of a petal.






 Ursula Joell Mathers is a painter and children's book illustrator living in Italy. Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries nationally and internationally, and her children's books have been published by various international publishers and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages.

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