Cabbage Leaf (Brassica oleracea)
37° 10’ 31.3” N / 3° 41’ 28.7” W
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]
As the artist has stated, ‘I trained in botany before committing myself fully to painting so that I would understand the processes of plants more comprehensively. Equipped with this scientific knowledge, I am now testing new approaches to my artwork to push the capacity for botanical illustration to bring greater awareness of plants and our interaction with them. I hope to inspire people to think beyond their experience whilst enriching our current perceptions of botanical illustration, its applications and how it sits within the larger scope of the visual arts.’