Medium: Hand made inks, bleach and pencil
This was the first time I started using roots and veins in my work; this painting was the start of an ever increasing personal visual language. Although the Ted Hughes poem that I was working from was describing roots, I decided to leave the pattern ambiguous. They're either trees or veins. One perspective is that the viewer is looking through an eyeball. The other is that the hummingbird is surrounded by a vicious network of trees. The negative space surrounding the hummingbird is a brain (another subtle injection of Ted Hughes' ever expansive and rich imagery).