Tree I - Shantal Daw

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Artist Statement

Shantal Daw

This is a monochrome mixed media drawing and collage of a tree. I am mostly inspired by nature but for the first time wanted to take a very different approach to the standard representation of a tree and decided to try to show what an exploding tree could look like. As this violent activity is abhorrent I decided to use a limited colour palette of black, white and grey to create a sense of a dark moody atmosphere. To do this piece, I expressively drew one tree in abstract form using graphite, charcoal, pastel and chalk. I enlarged the drawing using a photocopier and cut the image to produce collage material. I created the ground with expressive and energetic marks both with and without a brush, using acrylic paint, carbon paper, ink, charcoal, pastel, oil pastel and graphite and created further collage material of foliage using the same media and similar techniques.

Tree I - Shantal Daw

©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Inspiration details:

Study of the Trunk of an Elm Tree

Oil painting

Great Britain, Uk (painted)

ca. 1821 (painted)

John Constable, born 1776 - died 1837 (artist)

Oil on paper

V&A collection reference number(s):
786-1888; E.4-2003

2015 Exhibition Guide

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