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.
The snake charmer artwork came to me after I finished the Serpentine artwork. I wanted to draw snakes amongst flowers and ended up having them rise out of the roses instead. I wanted to convey the feeling of beauty and danger together. The rose itself is already a symbol for this, with its soft vibrant petals but sharp, blood drawing thorns. I researched what roses and snakes symbolise together, and got: "the ultimate symbol of temptation. They also represent the loss of innocence and beauty." This is how I ended up giving it the name "snake charmer". With its bubblegum pink colour palette and beautiful roses placed in a heart shape, I wanted to tempt the viewer and capture them to look a little closer and see the beautiful danger.