Artwork by Marcy Horswill

Rose Hip Study No. 4

Rose Hip Study No. 4

16" x 17" ©2012

Bent and broken, this rose hip and stem have all the characteristics of a plant posed in death. The composition also has the look of sturdiness and strength, with strong colours throughout. It is as if death is a sure thing, but there is some secret life waiting to emerge—the hip will not give in without a fight. The ends of the calyxes pose almost as clenched fists. Rich shades of brown, gold and fuchsia streak the felted background of this piece. Though the colours are muted, they come across strong and full of life. The rose hip, painted in a dark, somber brown, is composed with a slight upturn. The stamens are machine-quilted as curly strands, with large brown beads hand-sewn at the base of the calyxes, for added texture.

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