Printed on archival, 100% cotton Hahnemühle Museum Etchings paper.
Limited edition run of 50. Each signed and numbered by the artist.
7x10" (paper dimensions only; print comes unframed and un-matted).
Original: watercolor and ink on Arches cold-press paper, 2017.
Magnolia trees are fascinating, bizarre, and ancient. I was reading about the life cycle of the magnolia, from pod to flower to fruit, when I came across a line of text I couldn't shake: magnolia fruit, the text said, produces seeds that hang from delicate silky threads until birds or other animals come and take them, thus spreading the seed.
These words-- the delicate silken threads, the dangling seeds-- absolutely captivated me. Though in reality the threads are quite short, the words allowed me to imagine a universe in which magnolia fruit produces long silken fibers, elegant and ethereal; in this universe, perhaps when a bird plucks the seed from the fruit, the silken thread trails after for miles and miles. I began thinking of the "silky threads" being used to weave tapestries, and thus a series was born. "Magnolia Fruit: Seed-Weavings 2" was the second painting to imagine this scenario, and asks the viewer to enter the surreal world of silken-magnolia-threads as well.
If you like this piece, you can look at the other pieces in the Seed-Weaving and Tapestry series.