The Seed that Loki Planted

Claire Sparkes RI SGFA | Watercolour | 34.5 x 23.5 inches

“The Seed That Loki Planted combines elements of Norse Mythology and Indian culture to realize a personal mythology. The model’s hair was a particular inspiration for this piece.

Like roots take nourishment for the growing plant above, so the hair interweaves with symbolic objects, which infuse the flowering figure. Strands of hair dip into the wells of knowledge within the books, alluding to the roots of the Norse World Tree Yggdrasil and the three wells into which they descend. The richly embroidered Indian throw underpins the painting. It’s intricate patchwork references layered history, and its intense colour brings lifeblood to the story. My watercolour palette expanded in the process of capturing these vibrant colours.

My paintings primarily focus on people, whilst also encompassing still life, interiors and landscape. At times my work crosses these boundaries interrelating and layering elements. This leads to the weaving of narratives that draw upon connections through time and place, as well as between cultures, individuals and mythologies.

Drawing is fundamental to my artistic practice. Techniques of drawing and painting merge within my work. I love the versatility and fluidity of watercolour, and enjoy combining looser washes with layered detail. Mark-making is extremely important to me. Like a calligraphy, it unravels the story of the painting over time.Claire Sparkes

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