Melissa Maclaren

"The willow tree represents the idea of mother nature"

Melissa Mclaren is in her final year at Ruth Prowse school of art in Cape Town. Her love for the arts has inspired her to take her practice from painting in kindergarten to a practicing artist

The willow tree represents the idea of mother nature and due to the state of the natural world; she is shown as having pins in her heart. The white paint that is cascading down, around the tree links to the air pollution around the world and symbolically tears washing away the darkness of the piece. The illustration below shows the everyday occurrences like cars driving, but is devoid of people because we lost our humanity.