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  • Writer's pictureChiara


Updated: Apr 12, 2018

It's advertised as a "hardy low maintenance grass with excellent drought tolerance", but kikuyu grass is my nemesis! It gets into all the garden beds and even grows up through the walls of the house. It represents my constant battle to retain a semblance of respectability in the neighbourhood, and so it is a relevant metaphor to depict hidden adversity in my domestic landscape. Thankfully it also prints very well.

Here I've used six small strands of kikuyu as a mask. In proportion to the size of the print--seen as a landscape--the organic forms are relatively large and almost animal-like in effect. And some of the dirt from my overgrown garden has actually printed onto the page. It's definitely worth exploring the potential of this texture in my work.

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