DR. TABATHA FORBES
In Another Light II, is the second iteration of an exhibition first shown in New Plymouth, Taranaki in 2018. Part two comprises a print series from the original works made up at Pukeiti Gardens, a light work from the same show and two new original paintings based on Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker’s Rhododendrons of Sikkim-Himalaya’s from the mid 1880’s.
Still fascinated with the early processes of C19th botanical art and collection - that included detailed colour studies and sketches - Dr Forbes’ new works focus on original study notes and the idea of facsimile. These are taken directly from two works made by Hooker and finished by Walter Hood Fitch. There is a conscious absence of flowers in the works shifting the focus instead to the foliage body of the plant and the purity of the flower as saturated colour, redirected into the plants background.