Janice McNab, The Ghost Artist — The Rift Valley (2022), 120x165cm, oil on linen
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These landscapes have been developed from patterns on a silk scarf that belonged to my mother. The Aloe Vera bodies either show their armoured desert skins or their dripping inners. There is a vase from my great aunt and there are cocktail sticks.

These are ghost gardens.

A flower print from seventy years ago is both part of a cultural imaginary of nature and my psychic geography of home. These are psycho-landscapes that entwine joy with eco-fear of damaged form and burnt futures.