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BOTANICALS

Statement

Plants are fascinating as much for their survival and reproductive mechanisms as for their strange, ephemeral beauty. In these cyanotypes, I collect and use plant specimens from the locations in which I print. While traveling, I also collect vintage French botanicals, pressed in lost portfolios, and bring them to life again as inspiration and material. Living in California, I see the effects of seasonal changes and drought conditions on the sometimes delicate botanical world. Ultimately, the complex relationship plants have with sunlight, rain, and other weather conditions is reflected in the cyanotype process itself, which parallels botanical life in its dependence on both sunlight and water.

Palms and Radiolarians / Screen print on paper, 26 x 20 in., 2020

Vine Shadows 1 and 2 / Cyanotype and encaustic on silk on panel, 14 x 11 in. each, 2017

Todos Santos / Cyanotype, ink, and embroidery with vintage botanical book pages and parchment, 37.5 x 45 in., 2020

Poets Garden / Cyanotype on paper on vintage silk scroll, 63 x 18.5 in., 2017

Secret Lives / Cyanotype and paint on paper, 11 x 15 in., 2017

Lost Bouquet 15 / Cyanotype and embroidery on paper, 16 x 16 in., 2019

Lost Bouquet 14 / Cyanotype and embroidery on paper, 16.25 x 19.25 in., 2017

Emergence / Cyanotype and embroidery on paper, 17.5 x 18 in., 2017

Afterglow / Cyanotype, paint, and embroidery on paper, 15 x 11.25 in. each, 2017

Unwound / Cyanotype on paper on fabric, 23.375 x 11.75 in., 2019

Silk Botanical 1 / Cyanotype on silk, 64 x 30 in., 2015

Lost Bouquet Blue Moon / Cyanotype, paint, and embroidery on paper, 17 x 12 in. each, 2015

Lost Bouquet 7 / Cyanotype and embroidery on paper, 16 x 11 in., 2015

Lost Bouquet 5 and 6 / Cyanotype and embroidery on paper, 17 x 12 in. each, 2019

Lost Bouquet 3 and 4 / Cyanotype and crochet on paper, 15 x 11 in. each, 2018

Lost Bouquet 1 / Cyanotype and embroidery on paper, 14 x 11 in., 2015

History Of Flowers / Cyanotype, ink, and embroidery with vintage botanical book pages on paper, 37 x 44 in., 2015

Hanging Garden / Ink and embroidery on mulberry paper, 63 x 18 in., 2018

Floating World / Ink and encaustic on mulberry paper, 33 x 26 in., 2017

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