The powerful movement of growth and change

Ligia Oliveira art

Unlike animals, plants are limited in their ability to seek out beneficial conditions for

life and growth.

Seeds stay dormant while waiting for the optimal conditions for survival of the resulting seedling to emerge.

Ligia Oliveira art

Undeniable explores this universal concept, the innate power of life itself. It represents intelligence, possibilities and care - but also complex issues related to trade, economics, food systems and environmental concerns.

It speaks of much needed large-scale territorial interventions, such as forest regeneration; and of small scale, green acupuncture in urban environments. Of organised, institutional efforts; and of seed balls and green guerrilla. Of hunger, social inequality and human potential; of shade, biodiversity, soil richness and desertification.

Undeniable was also inspired by music, in particular bossa nova and jazz. I was interested in its playful, seemingly spontaneous rhythms, integrating diverse emotional tones; dark and bright nuances forming one coherent art form that brings forward a positive resolution, a hope - a narrative that now seemed to be more important than ever, in the midst of a pandemic and the challenges related to pollution and desertification in the context of climate change.

During the past Winter, I found myself often recalling Tom Jobim’s “Waters of March” (“Águas de Março”): the constant change of seasons, the opposing verses and concepts, layered melody and its “promise of life”. The titles of each painting were inspired by Miles Davis’ “Blue in Green”.

Ligia Oliveira art

Like the seeds it portrays, Undeniable grew invisibly underground during Winter, being released in Spring to full bloom.