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100 flowers

(2014) 10 digital prints from original pen and ink drawings

Made in collaboration with poet Alec Finlay, this suite of ten pen and ink drawings depict wild flora associated with healing: Dandelion, Dog Rose, Flag Iris, Foxglove, Heartsease, Heather, Honeysuckle, Meadowsweet, Stinging Nettle, Tormentil.

Tuulikki’s lyrical botanical studies are each accompanied by a short poem by Finlay. The works explore flowers as emblems of cultural identity, celebrating the plant forms and ‘doctrine of signatures’, where resemblances suggest remedies, and make reference to sayings, lore, and common plant names, from the Gaelic and Scots herbal traditions.

Just as the intricacies of Celtic art are finely crafted, geometrically clever, and technically deft, something elusive remains, as if inviting a game between beholder and object. Abstract motifs trick us into a shape-shifting mood and the mind is diverted to an interplay both humorous and mystical. So in the medicine, a noticeable humour and a certain mysticism intertwine with practical knowledge and skill.” Healing Threads, Mary Beith

Commissioned by Ginkgo projects, for the new NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) New South Glasgow Hospitals (NSGH).

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