Cathy Layzell

Valley of the Red Gods

The red disa or Disa uniflora is a brilliantly red orchid found only in certain parts of Table Mountain for a short period each year around February. This body of work is about the joy of discovering these wonders of Nature reflected in cool mountain streams. Sky blue cobalts blend with the river bed burnt siennas, vivid oranges, blacks and ochres of the river bed with punctuations of rich bright red. This series is named after a particular secluded valley floral habitat, which was allegedly named after a quote from Kipling’s poem “for the Red Gods call me out and I must go”.

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