Jessica SHEPHERD (1984)

030320161305 Cabbage Leaf (Brassica oleracea) 37° 10’ 31.3” N / 3° 41’ 28.7” W Sold

Watercolour, over a pencil underdrawing.
Signed and inscribed Jess Shepherd / 030320161305 at the lower right.
Further inscribed, signed and dated Brassica oleracea var. / capitata / A leaf taken from a cabbage / which was in our fridge / on 3rd March 2016 at 13:05. / These leaves always remove my / painters block. / Jess Shepherd / 2016 on the verso.
188 x 128 mm. (7 3/8 x 5 in.) [sight]
210 x 148 mm. (8 1/4 x 5 3/4 in.) [sheet]

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Painted in Granada in Spain, this study of a cabbage leaf depicts one of the artist’s favourite subjects, and, as she has noted, was done as a means of overcoming a case of painter’s block.

The titles of Jess Shepherd’s watercolours reflect the precise circumstances of her contact with the leaf depicted. As she notes, ‘Life just seems so incredibly random and yet not. Once I started questioning mankind's use of scale and measurement to record size and space, I realised that to refer to time as a measurement in the collection was an absolute must. So the titles record the exact time I found the leaf.’

Jessica SHEPHERD

030320161305 Cabbage Leaf (Brassica oleracea) 37° 10’ 31.3” N / 3° 41’ 28.7” W

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