Don't Ask

Don't Ask

An essay which explores one simple question: why do we feel the need to ask permission just to make the work we love? Looking at Mary Delany's highly innovative and incredibly beautiful botanical paper collages it suggests how quietly determined amateur acts can often open up creative possibilities: transforming rigid disciplines or closed fields into fluid, permissive spaces

Mary Delany, Passiflora Grande (1772)

Words Kate Davies. Photography and illustration Tom Barr © Makadu Press 2019