Flowers Grow Out Of Darkness

Sampada Gurung, 2020             

Digital drawing giclée print 

Size: A3 W42 x H30 & A4 W30 x H21cm

Limited Edition of 100 (A3) & 20 (A4)

Sampada's work explores human emotions, state of mind and the complex relationship we have with our own self and life. Each work has different feelings she wants to convey while encouraging viewers to find their own meaningful connection to what they see and feel. Her figures are ambiguous and have no defined gender and represent different parts of an individual to form a narrative that is free to interpretations.

“Love the moment. Flowers grow out of dark moments. Therefore, each moment is vital. It affects the whole. Life is a succession of such moments and to live each, is to succeed,” - Corita Kent, artist and educator.

The figures submerged in darkness represent the moments when we feel overwhelmed by an empty void inside. Just like lotus flowers that grow from murky water, we humans, can also grow from those moments. The flowers emerging from the figures represent inner growth and finding comfort in your own emotions and even despair. If we look deeply enough within, we can surely find the sense of hope and strength to overcome difficult moments in our life.

This work is available in A3 size printed on Somerset Fine Art paper and A4 printed on a special Nepali textured off-white beige paper. 


Other works by Sampada Gurung:

Dreams Limited Edition Print by Sampada GurungDrift Limited Edition Print by Sampada Gurung Falling Limited Edition Print by Sampada Gurung Dark Places Limited Edition Print by Sampada Gurung

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Artist Sampada GurungArtist: Sampada Gurung

Sampada Gurung is an illustrator and ceramist born in Nepal but now based in London. After graduating from Falmouth University with a BA in Illustration, she was drawn to ceramics and stated developing a professional reputation in that field. She eventually found herself as a contestant in Channel 4's The Great Pottery Throw Down Season 3.

Using her skillsets in both illustration and ceramics, Sampada has developed a unique style to her works that straddles the flat surface and voluminous space as she explores the surreal human form and its associated emotions and symbolism. Her distinctive drawings feed into her ceramic art while her 3D work in turn influences her capacious proportions in her 2D art. In essence, this symbiotic relationship between 2D and 3D is what gives her work its idiosyncratic nuances.

Sampada is the founder of The Slightly Curious Studio based in North London where she runs life drawing sessions and pottery classes in addition to developing and creating her own art. All classes and workshops are designed to encourage and inspire people to be curious and to make creativity accessible to everyone. Essentially, her artistic raison d'être is to feed the curiosity and creativity will follow…

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