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Naima and the Mint Plant Naima and the Mint Plant

Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck

Naima and the Mint Plant

Work on Paper

Regular price $ 550.00 SOLD

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Oil painting on paper | 2019

These oil paintings on papers have been created to accompany Tagada Hoffbeck’s debut novel titled “The Stork and The Scent of the Jujube,” first published by Å Journal in 2019. Extracts from the novel is below.

“In France she observed people kissing one another on their cheeks to say hello, and again half an hour later to say goodbye. She had taken to picturing French people’s memories as a library of scents, concluding that perhaps it was not simply kisses, but fragrances that were offered to one another."
“One early morning, Naima distinguished a stork building a nest on the highest chimney nearby a satellite. These satellites had for decades had sent news of home. For weeks, as the sun rose, Naima observed the stork. The thin-legged white bird is at once a proud symbol of Alsace and a bird of Algeria, she thought. Unlike Janis it comes and goes, loved on either side of the Mediterranean Sea. Placing her nose to inhale the scent and eat the last Jujube fruit, Naima wondered again “Do the ones who despise her for her origins, know of the voyages of this bird?”


11 x 6.75 inches


Floated: 15.5 x 13.25 x 1.25 inches


Signed by artist.

The work comes with a Certification of Authenticity signed by the Co-Founder of Tappan