Sold: Original on paper: Constant Gardener Summer Poppies 2020
29.6 x 21 CM
Gouache, ink on Fine Art watercolour paper
Heavy weight 300GSM watercolour paper
This drawing is one of a few drawings of Poppies she made in 2022. She sowed these poppies in the summer of 2016, and since then, they come back year after year, like royal old friends
In order to illustrate the bright red colours in monotone in contrast to its somewhat fragile stems, leaves, and petals of poppies, Shizico tried to apply depth by layering charcoals and inks which is the visual discovery that she has practiced since 2017.
These drawings of her garden are of Shizico's most intimate moments. The act of drawing is a direct way of contouring one's life; it is how she sees the world around her. Every line in a drawing is her way of touching each fine grain of a thing. Shizico believes that drawings contour a person's life like memory and what people do for one's life.
Constant Gardener is an ongoing project in memory of Favor, her late dog. In 2015, Shizico started gardening to make a garden for Favor to recover. After Favor died, this garden project continued as Favor Memorial Garden in memory of his precious presence.
Alongside gardening, Shizico started a series of drawings and plain air paintings in this Memorial Garden, trying to keep the blooms and seasons frozen in time.