I created this piece with ink, watercolours and colouring pencils. I really enjoyed working with gold ink as it shimmers in the light. I think the contrast with the black ink is also very interesting and striking visually.
Just like this snake, sometimes we need to let go of our own skin, even if it’s pretty and comfortable, in order to come out a better version of ourselves. I wanted to include California poppies as well because they are used in traditional medicine to aid sleep. There’s something similar in my mind between changing skin and waking up.
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