I drink tea everyday, usually English breakfast tea with two teabags. Most people appreciate the richness of black tea, is there anyone who doesn’t? Most of the time the teabag gets wringed for the last drop, and goes straight into the bin after it’s served its purpose. That shouldn’t seem wasteful should it? Someone doesn’t seem to think so though. From a sunset by the beach, blooming summer blossoms, a napping boy, to a mighty rooster, she reclaims new purpose to used teabags through watercolor paintings.
Ruby Silvious is an artist from New York with expertise in watercolour paintings. She is recognised for her miniature watercolour paintings on used teabags. An ordinary used teabag may seem messy and dirty to you and me. Yet, the uneven tint and stains become the perfect medium for Silvious. She captures her travels, experiences, and feelings, on used teabags from each morning. Each stained canvas adds a layer of nostalgia to every setting, evoking a longing sense of memories.
During her 14 days of quarantine, Silvious created the “Covid Blue” series, using found objects and salvaged materials from her own home – that is, of course including used teabags. The focal piece Emergency Preparedness features an adorable girl with glasses under a blue backdrop, could that be her? The girl serenely takes out a toilet roll from the string of the teabag, bizarre but comically endearing at the same time. It does seem that “blue” doesn’t necessarily portray sadness, but a bit of hope and amusement.