This collection, called Transformation, has sent me on a path of self-discovery. I focused on the snake as a vehicle for this concept. The snake, a mysterious, elusive creature in mythology, has always fascinated me. Even in the natural world, the shedding of its outer layer of skin is a beautiful metaphor for us, how we can leave behind what no longer serves us as we grow.
Serpentine. The onethat started it all. I started with this illustration out of the blue. I love snakes, the reptile, the symbol and the folklore of them.I was in a space of trying to understand where I wanted to go with a new collection, what was I trying to say? It was at a random time and on a random day, I was doing other work, when I suddenly stood up and found a piece of paper and started drawing out the shape. I felt compelled. I hadn't had this feeling in a very long time and followed it. Over the next two weeks, I completed the snake. The detailing of the scales was labour intensive and hard on my eyes. (This is when I realised my age was starting to affect my work.)
This piece really is a symbol of breakthrough and recovery for me. I had finally come through the other side of artist's block and I could feel myself locking into a creative rhythm again. It might just look like a snake to everyone else, but I'm hoping that just by the amount of detail that went into the artwork, you can feel the type of journey I went on.