Hidden in the Undergrowth
A collage series by Christine Rodrigues of England
Inspired by 'The word for the world is forest' by Ursula LeGuin
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|Hidden lives, sacred worlds
||Rising above the Forest Floor
|They sense our presence
||Activity at Dawn
||Silently Floating Towards the Light
|Do not disturb the undergrowth
||Under leaf and twig
||They listen and see
|Dipping down into the forest
Hidden in the undergrowth|
With this body of work I am exploring the thought that there are other beings living
alongside us of which we are unaware.
They live close by, aware of our presence and
are in connection with the earth, to the world.
Connected in ways that we have lost as
our lives have become more and more disassociated from the the land and the sea.
Our world is so
out of balance with the natural order of things, with the melting of the ice and destruction
The idea was inspired after reading 'The word for world is forest' by Ursula Le
Guin; explorers from earth attempt to exploit and take over the land belonging to beings
on another planet.
These beings have knowledge ,they are very much part of their
world, a world the invaders do not respect or understand.
A story repeated by us over
|Christine Rodrigues - Mixed Media Artist|
Based in West London
I studied art at Chelsea School of Art specialising in sculpture and exhibit regularly in
West London, the surrounding area and online.
My work is realised using a variety of
media and techniques, including photography, printing and collage with acrylics, pens
and other materials.
My influences and inspiration come from observing our environment
and the natural world, from experiences gained travelling and from my beliefs.
I usually like to work to a theme to produce a series.
Past topics have included
Elephants with patterns and architecture of India, Birds, mainly waders, found along the
coast and at sea, and responses to prayer using acrylics with line drawing.
My Current work has been influenced by spending some time at the Sussex coast, observing the shapes of shingle beaches, the plants and birds found there.
I worked on the images using various papers, printed, painted, sourced from magazines
which are overlaid with cut or torn edges.
I have used wooden block printing and
monoprinting, and some cut out rubber stamp figures and other paper figures as the
beings which dwell in the undergrowth.
email Christine at chriskyrod @ gmail.com (remove the spaces)