Minuscule Scenes appear against the Backdrop of used Tea Bags in Watercolor Paintings
From her studio in Coxsackie, New York, Ruby Silvious repurposes the thin paper pouches holding her beverage of choice into miniature canvases.
Sometimes strung together or ripped to remove the leaves, Silvious’s tea bags depict the quiet, unassuming moments of everyday life: Passersby trudge through the snow, masks hang to dry, and two women meet for a swim on the naturally dyed backdrops.
The artist generally keeps the string and tag attached, matching the mundane subject matter with the material’s ritualistic origins.
Silvious is working on a book and is preparing for upcoming solo shows in France, Germany, and Japan.
Follow her soothing works on Instagram.
This article was published in ThisisColossal, on December 2020, by Grace Ebert.