Gabriella Solti is a Hungarian-Canadian artist, whose multidisciplinary practice encompasses drawing, printmaking, book art, participatory projects and accessible technology that explore the role and value of labour and skill in the formation of identity and community. She holds an MSc in Computer Science from Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary, a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. She has exhibited in Italy, Germany, US, Japan, UK and Canada.
Since last summer, I have been foraging wildflowers and plants to make my own watercolour paint that I apply on handmade Japanese paper made of the long fibres of Mulberry barks. I have developed an intimate relationship with the materials as I employ their surprising biochemical properties. Anthocyanin pigments, for example, change colour depending on the pH value of the environment they are exposed to. In any of my work, I only use three pigments. As they interact on the paper, they turn into a myriad of colours taking an active role in shaping the look of my work.
handmade, plant-based watercolour on Sekishu Washi paper