The artist Tom Molloy moved to the Burren in Clare, and became interested in the work that botanists were doing in the area. In his artwork Oak, Molloy chose to draw leaves, rather than paint them, so that he could really focus attention on the appearance of the individual leaves. All the leaves were from one particular oak tree. In all, he drew 96 leaves. 32 of these drawings are in the IMMA Collection. Each drawing shows the uniqueness of each leaf. But shown together, you can see the similarity which all the leaves have with each other. Look at the artwork closely—imagine how long it took to study and carefully draw each leaf.
What you will need:
Make your own leaf collection – steps:
It won’t take long before you have a beautiful leaf collection of studies to hang on your wall.
Finally please share your results, your experiments, and artworks with the hashtag #ExploreratHome
Irish conceptual artist Tom Molloy studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. His practice combines the exploration of different media with a strong sense of social commitment. Concerned with themes of classification and reproduction, and the concept of the individual within a collective group, he works in series’ that emphasise the repeated labour of drawing and redrawing. Molloy has exhibited extensively since 1990.View Artist
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