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Artist:

Marilyn Noakes

Artist's statement and description:I paint South African bulbous plants to capture their ethereal beauty that, in nature, exists for the briefest time. The Moraea flowers depicted here last for 1 to 3 days. To capture this moment, I paint flowers that I grow from bulbs. However some flowers are so rare that they can be observed only in nature.

I have painted my favourite Moraeas (plus a Dietes bicolor) in an imaginary field that cannot exist in nature as each species is confined to a specific habitat. I wished to highlight their variety of colours, their radially symmetric form and their intricate detail, in particular the iridescent 'peacock eyes' of the Moraea villosa that have evolved to attract specific monkey beetle pollinators.


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