As much as possible, I try to give you, the reader, some context and content to the work I’m sharing. I’m interested not just in how, but why people choose to use plants the way they do: in food, fashion, film. But even though I love breaking down the meaning of an artist’s work, it can be important to remember that playing with plants is just plain fun. As a kid, I sat for hours poking holes in leaves, chaining together clover and mashing berries into potions.
Malaysian artist Tang Chiew Ling reminds me of those simple pleasures. A graphic designer by trade, he uses leaves he finds in everyday places – the gutter or the park, for example – and incorporates his own drawings. They are quick, silly, unrefined studies in happiness.
Tomorrow, though, I’m back at it with an interview with the metal sculptor Frank Plant. So today, enjoy not having to think too much!
Photos © Tang Chiew Ling