Etymology of a Flower

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 is 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. However this historic methods leaves something to be desired as the plants are dried and pressed and the colour is mostly lost. Digital photography adds an almost live aspect to the classical herbarium presentation. In this way, I am making 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 in an edition of three plus artist proof at 20×25″

Technical Details: K3 Ultrachrome Pigment on Acid Free Cotton Rag

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