Secret garden
by
ANGELA RODGER
9 April 2021
Secret garden,
Lying still,
Waiting.
Once life filled,
The wind carries the laughter
Onwards,
Fading,
But never disappears.
Echoes
Touches the child
In its discovery.
Wonder and awe
At this eternal mystery.
Time does not exist here.
Still,
But very much alive.
Hiding,
And yet in the open.
Everywhere.
Discovered
But never to understand.
Just to know
It is real.
Calm
And yet stirring.
Gradually the mystery reveals itself.
In the Secret Garden, we come across a garden, seemingly dead and yet with signs of life. With a bit of clearing and cutting back, new life forms, with fragrance, joy, and colour.
The artwork shown here is a celebration of life - of life triumphing over death, as well as the mysteries of nature.
At the end of its life, a flower takes on a new form and a colour change. It is often richer and deeper. New textures are formed, and I have tried to capture these elements.
I invite you into the garden, to look at the colours and textures. Where colours merge and flowers fade or perhaps experience the detail of a petal. Look but don't touch - as tempting as that may be.
Angela Rodger studied textile design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee, Scotland from 1994 - 1999. Her main areas of study and interest were printed textiles, paper making and photography. Study trips included trips to London, Paris, as well as an exchange to Finland where she developed an interest in three-dimensional craft work.
After working briefly in the textile industry she realized that her design interests were less commercial and more in creating unique one-off pieces. She took time away from art and design, dipping her toe in the corporate world before realizing that her heart truly lies in art.
Rodger draws her inspiration from nature and most everything around her, experimenting with pencil, pastel, paint and collage; always enjoying working with paper. "Art has no end, since all around there is pattern, life, texture and colour."
Angela Rodger - Roses 5 Angela Rodger - Roses 5 detail
Angela Rodger
"Roses 5" and detail
Tea, gouache, cotton thread on tissue paper
61.3cm x 43cm
Unframed
R 1 300
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Angela Rodger - A Rose in Time Angela Rodger - A Rose in Time detail
Angela Rodger
"A Rose in Time" and detail
Gouache, tea on tissue paper
36.9cm x 25cm
Unframed
R 850
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Angela Rodger - Roses 6
Angela Rodger
"Roses 6"
Tea, gouache on tissue paper
17.8cm x 12.5cm
Unframed
R 550
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Angela Rodger - Roses 2 Angela Rodger - Roses 2 detail
Angela Rodger
"Roses 2" and detail
Tea, gouache on tissue paper
36.3cm x 25cm
Unframed
R 800
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Angela Rodger - Mushroom inspiration
Angela Rodger
"Mushroom inspiration"
Smocked muslin with gold thread and photograph on handmade paper
29.8cm x 20.5cm
Unframed
R 800
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Angela Rodger - Lying Still_Waiting
Angela Rodger
"Lying Still, Waiting"
Tea, type, tissue paper, wax, cotton thread on handmade paper
29.6cm x 21.4cm
Unframed
R 800
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Angela Rodger - Life Still Goes On
Angela Rodger
"Life Still Goes On"
Tissue, gouache, tea, gold gilt cream, metallic thread on paper
37.3cm x 32.4cm
Unframed
R 900
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Angela Rodger - Roses 3
Angela Rodger
"Roses 3"
Tissue, tea, gouache, watercolour, wax on paper
36.7cm x 25.1cm
Unframed
R 850
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Angela Rodger - Roses 1
Angela Rodger
"Roses 1"
Tea, gouache on tissue paper
48.1cm x 33.6cm
Unframed
R 850
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Angela Rodger - The Secret Garden Angela Rodger - The Secret Garden detail
Angela Rodger
"The Secret Garden" and detail
Gouache, tea on tissue paper
40.2cm x 18.9cm
Unframed
R 600
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Angela Rodger - Golden Rose 1 Angela Rodger - Golden Rose 1 detail
Angela Rodger
"Golden Rose 1" and detail
Tea, gouache on tissue paper
70.5cm x 22.5cm
Unframed
R 800
SOLD
Angela Rodger - Roses 4 Angela Rodger - Roses 4 detail
Angela Rodger
"Roses 4" and detail
Muslin, gouache, wax on paper
52.8cm x 21.4cm
Unframed
R 850
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Angela Rodger - Flowers
Angela Rodger
"Flowers"
Tea, gouache on tissue paper
36.6cm x 25.6cm
Unframed
R 720
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Angela Rodger - Field of Flowers Angela Rodger - Field of Flowers detail
Angela Rodger
"Field of Flowers" and detail
Tea, gouache on tissue paper
48.5cm x 35cm
Unframed
SOLD
Angela Rodger - Golden Rose 2
Angela Rodger
"Golden Rose 2"
Gouache on paper
51.9cm x 37.7cm
Unframed
R 1 200
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Angela Rodger - Wild Berries
Angela Rodger
"Wild Berries"
Gouache, light wash of tea on paper
59cm x 41.8cm
Unframed
R 1 200
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Angela Rodger - Garden Rose
Angela Rodger
"Garden Rose"
Gouache on paper
47cm x 33cm
Unframed
R 1 200
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Angela Rodger - Tea Roses
Angela Rodger
"Tea Roses"
Gouache on paper
53.8cm x 37.5cm
Unframed
R 1 200
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Angela Rodger - Alive
Angela Rodger
"Alive"
Gouache on paper
57.5cm x 42cm
Unframed
R 950
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Angela Rodger - Golden Rose 3
Angela Rodger
"Golden Rose 3"
Gouache on paper
50cm x 34.5cm
Unframed
R 950
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Angela Rodger - Sunflowers 1
Angela Rodger
"Sunflowers 1"
Tea, gouache on paper
52.2cm x 36.4cm
Unframed
R 880
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Angela Rodger - Vine 2
Angela Rodger
"Vine 2"
Gouache, tea on tissue paper
49.5cm x 36.9cm
Unframed
R 850
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Angela Rodger - Vine
Angela Rodger
"Vine"
Gouache, tea on tissue paper
50.7cm x 37cm
Unframed
R 850
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Angela Rodger - Trees
Angela Rodger
"Trees"
Tea, gouache on tissue paper
41.1cm x 29.5cm
Unframed
R 780
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Angela Rodger - The Wind Carries the Laughter onwards
Angela Rodger
"The Wind Carries the Laughter onwards"
Tea, Type on Tissue paper
29.6cm x 21cm
Unframed
R 750
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Angela Rodger - Very much Alive
Angela Rodger
"Very much Alive"
Tea, Gouache, Cotton thread on Tissue paper
29.6cm x 21.4cm
Unframed
R 780
SOLD
All the artworks are for sale.
If you are interested in purchasing any of the works, please email us at artlovers1932@gmail.com
The prices exclude shipping
and arrangements can be made for paying off any purchases, interest free, over a reasonable period of time.
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