Foreign Soil is a series of detailed paintings on canvas (30cm x 40cm) depicting the trees that are planted incongruously on verges at roadsides in municipal areas.
The title ‘Foreign Soil’ could refer to being lost, remote, unwanted, or out of place. To label something or someone as ‘foreign’ is emotive and politically charged. Feelings of belonging, notions of ownership of land and the borders that separate begin to arise. Which part of the scene is the ‘foreign’ element? These trees are mostly indigenous species, planted by hand in soil now hidden by an artificial landscape of asphalt and concrete.