Joan Gabie was commissioned by living-language-land to create a series of drawings based on seeds for their website. Her ink drawings of seeds and seed-bearing plants are intended to reflect the ethos of nurture and new growth.
“Seeds are like little worlds: contained within them the endless possibilities for life and newness.
In my quick ink studies of tiny seeds and husks I wish to reference abstract language, assembling them together to draw out their interconnectedness, forging relationships, a language for the eyes, not for the tongue. Some strange seeds unknown to me were lent from botanical archives. Others I have pocketed on journeys, liking the feel of them in my hand.
Ink drawing for me is an emotional activity, short bursts of energy releasing the potential – a response to living things.
These are not finished; they will form little leaping-off points for future drawings.
It is a pleasure to be part of such an optimistic and far reaching project as living-language-land.”