Dizzy Pragnell’s work is a curious interpretation of seemingly everyday ingredients encouraging the viewer to look with fresh eyes at the familiar. Her vegetable and fruit papyrus explores the role played by the ingredients, as symbols of reproductive nature, which give man foods essential for survival.
The work is principally an exploration of structure, form and tone based on reality. Nature provides the living material, which is the starting point. It examines the issues concerning the shared consumption of food and the memory this creates, freely bridging the idioms of abstraction and representation by using everyday ingredients such as fruits and vegetables.
The vegetable papyrus is made using similar techniques to the ancient Egyptians. A fusion of overlapping finely sliced fruit or vegetable fibres which laminate to form a textural surface. Each delicate sheet becomes an arrangement of colour and tone, retaining the essence of its origins without sacrificing the essential reality of the natural form. The colour and patterns created within these tactile sheets are an ideal material from which to create a variety of different works such as book art, sculpture and framed works.
Dizzy Pragnell has exhibited internationally and across the United Kingdom, including at the Royal Academy. Her work is also included in a number of museum collections.