Acrylic on Canvas, 100cm x 100cm
I painted The Cabbage back in 2012 when I was still teaching. It was painted as a big challenge to myself and to be part of the Alumni Exhibition that we held at the end of the year where a selection of works from current Art students, past students and staff from the Art Department where I worked were exhibited together.
This piece really does sum up the joy I find in the ordinary - I love the detail and the beautiful patterns in a Savoy cabbage. And I love the effect that showing this detail on such a large scale has on people's reaction to such an ordinary thing.
'Ordinary Joy' is something which crops up quite a lot in my work - I find joy in all the 'normal' stuff we're surrounded by and find such visual richness in a lot of things that most people overlook!