Behind the scenes in Sarah Graham's Chelsea studio

A look behind the scenes at Sarah Graham’s London studio, as we plan her upcoming autumn show in New York. The show will consist of new large scale botanical drawings in Indian ink on handmade paper.

Graham has created a body of work inspired by extraordinary eighteenth Century German and Italian models of luxurious and brightly coloured plants made of papier maché Made for students learning about botany they can be taken apart, thus revealing their construction, and form part of the greater collection owned by dealer Peter Petrou. These models sit in her nineteenth century artist’s studio in Chelsea, London, in front of cabinets of curiosities and shelves of wunderkammer and botanical tomes, skulls, exotic plants and beetles in bell jars.

The artist’s sincere reproduction of these natural forms, combined with their impressive scale, draws attention to their architectural complexity, structure and engineering — at once a personal study of and tribute to nature’s design.

The exhibition will take place in November in a private townhouse gallery on the Upper East Side, New York, and will be open to the public. The works will also be available for private viewings in London.

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