“Sweet Ambivalence”

I’ve been thinking about the idea of ambivalence. I’ve always thought of the word in a negative way, as in not caring about something… but its really quite a cool word – which comes from combining two words “ambi” meaning two and “value” meaning to have worth. If this is the case – this led me to thinking how everything really has worth, and, at the same time, an absence of worth. Could ambivalence be a little bit like Yin and Yang – everything containing the seed of its opposite. Perhaps we don’t always have to know, or be certain, we can totally have mixed feelings about something.. I’m pretty certain I have mixed feelings about a lot of things! Ha ha.. including taking this photo – the one above – me looking totally ambivalent!

“When people see things as beautiful,ugliness is created.

When people see things as good,

evil is created.”



Inspiration for this piece began with this beautiful image I found on the web. In itself its quite an ambivalent capture! Some comments on insta spoke how the image reminded them of the quotes – “Seeds sprout to find a way to the light, if roots can dig their way down to the water.”  and “Whitout roots you do not fly” . I was also keen to use this beautiful Australian Ochre pigment.

Sweet Ambivalence

122 x 153cm, Mixed Media on Canvas


“I used to loathe ambivalence; now I adore it. Ambivalence is my new best friend”




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