mushroom pigment made from bloodred webcaps (cortinarius sanguenius), plant pigment made from yarrow (achillea millfolium), indigo, chrome yellow, chalk, zinc white, and red lead bound in egg on handwoven linen.
Original size: 60 x 79 cm
Photographer: Ian Parker
Sigrid Holmwood is a ‘peasant-painter’. She makes her own paints and pigments from plants and mushrooms. The work from which the detail comes was painted with the same pigments that 18th and 19th century peasants of Sweden would have used, in egg tempera on hand woven linen. She painted it with brushes which she made herself using furs of animals such as fox, deer, pole cat and pine marten.
Holmwood is half-Swedish, half-British and lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include a solo show at Hallands Art Museum, Sweden (2013); Painted Performances at Upton House National Trust (2013); Journey to WuMu, Annely Juda Fine Art, London and Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing (2011-2012). She is currently working on a Project called Cultivating Colour: towards a new peasant painting which involves creating a pigment garden of native dye-plants in the Mountains of the Sierra María Los Vélez, Almería, Spain as a part of a interdisciplinary project organised by Joya: Arte y Ecología.