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Untitled (Tiger with tea leaves)

Recently I’ve been fascinated with tea leaves as a new medium of artistic expression. Tea is native to Asia (specifically Southwest China) and I love the cultural significance of this material. It comes in various colours and textures, and with resin poured onto it, it preserves the dried leaves so the piece can be kept for a long time.

One of my first pieces with tea is this tiger portrait – I used 5 types of tea leaves: black tea, chrysanthemums, osmanthus, tiger lilies, and rose buds. When scattered onto the canvas, these tea leaves resembled fur. I hope it portrays the beauty of these gorgeous endangered big cats.

Recently I’ve been fascinated with tea leaves as a new medium of artistic expression. Tea is native to Asia (specifically Southwest China) and I love the cultural significance of this material. It comes in various colours and textures, and with resin poured onto it, it preserves the dried leaves so the piece can be kept for a long time.

One of my first pieces with tea is this tiger portrait – I used 5 types of tea leaves: black tea, chrysanthemums, osmanthus, tiger lilies, and rose buds. When scattered onto the canvas, these tea leaves resembled fur. I hope it portrays the beauty of these gorgeous endangered big cats.

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