In July I embarked on reinterpreting a detail from Giuseppe Arcimboldo's c.1590 painting of Flora Meretrix - the goddess of abundance, fertility and sensuality. Titled Partum Floralia (a portion of Flora) this will be the smallest work in the exhibition WILD, at only 62 x 62cm and, my second attempt at reinterpreting painted flesh. This work has proved to be quite gruelling, partly as it's a small work and therefore the detail is even harder to attain. "Textile surgery" I call this part of my practice -pinning, unpining and repining!…but I'm almost there, just finishing the mounting stages now. In 2010 I walked the length of the Louvre in Paris hoping to stand in front of an original Arcimboldo, only to find, disappointingly, that every one of his paintings in their collection were on loan to Madrid! I was however fortunate to have some studio assistance for the first time this year, when Emma, who was on work experience from a local High School helped create 75 (out of more than 200) raised and crystal-beaded flowers, which make up Flora's 'fur' collar!