Etymology of a Flower



Etymology normally refers to the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed over time. I am using etymology in the title of this series to refer to my study of flowers and flora in general as cultural producers of poetic language and meaning.

Early botanical explorers collected plants and preserved them in herbarium folios for later study. This classical scientific method used by taxonomic botanist both professional and amateur preserves specimens in order to learn about and classify the natural world. In referencing scientific herbarium collections found in research libraries, I have found that it is the work of each generation to rediscover the world around us. Herbarium sheets that feature deconstructions of plants intrigue me from an artistic point of view as the various plant forms are collaged together to create a portrait or image of the plant from the point of view of its various parts; flowers, leaves, seeds and roots.

This body of work is my learning and research in an effort to better establish a relationship with the garden. I am offering a kind of portrait of each specimen, showing the sequence of changes from bud to full bloom and seed pod. Along the way I have learned more through this project than my 20 years tending to my gardens.

Prints are unframed, unmounted and have a 2” white border, ready for framing

Etymology of a Flower Series is available as an edition of three plus an artist proof at 24×30″.

Technical Details: K3 Ultrachrome Pigment on Acid Free Cotton Rag