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Garden Shade

Garden Shade



Sue Martin

Opera Orange

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Edition Size 1
Medium Print
Height (cm) 57
Width (cm) 75
Artist Sue Martin

Flowers, ornage, purple, green, monotype

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R 9,800.00
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Over the past year, my studio transformed and became what I like to refer to as my ‘magic garden’.  An environment of fantasy and wonder where I found myself spending hours exploring and playing. I found beauty in my artworks and the various materials that surrounded me.


Like a garden I need light, and I allow this light to shine out of my work. Love is light.

This body of work is a celebration of life and it’s fragility.  


The series of monoprints began evolving last year as a response to the death of my Mother. Her passion was her garden. Unlike the wild indigenous garden that I have surrounding my home, my mother’s garden was an English country-style garden, comprising of many exotic plants carefully pruned into compliance. She spent hours maintaining her garden, she planted in ‘beds’, along boundary walls and around the house: neat, orderly and clipped back.


My images of peonies, poppies and dahlias are a nostalgic reference to these past memories. Juxtaposed with images from my own indigenous garden, which is wild, unruly and left to self-seed and regenerate, as the seasons come and go.

The Iris, referenced in my “Lie of the Land” series, represents a colonial, bygone era, blooming only for a short period of time. Its exotic, foreign beauty strangely out of place in the harsh highveld landscape.