The Curious Forager: A Study of Weeds (Revised Edition)
The Curious Forager: A Study of Weeds (Revised Edition) was conceived during a period where the artist began to look inward for answers as she was struggling to make sense of the complexity shrouding her external world. This primed her sensitivities to the subtle, intricate order of nature. As she stepped into the overgrown plot enveloped by creepers and visiting moths, she caught herself deliberating over removing the group of wild flowers and berries that flourished in its then current state. This incident triggered an inquiry into the classification and definition of weeds, where many were harvested and regrown in individual containers to observe their propagative behaviours. After which, these plants were sampled, pressed and painstakingly printed into a series of experimental monochromatic monotypes.
The process of sorting the weeds in a tactile manner provided the artist with several perspective shifts that was both meditative and healing, conveyed through a combination of illustrations and prose, eventually putting an end to a depressive state that has plagued her for a decade. This was a publication not only pushes the genre of pictures books with unconventional printmaking techniques alongside digital illustrations, but also explores artmaking as a tool in gaining clarity and healing from past traumas.