Botanica is a collection of unique images on handmade Japanese Mura Hoban paper printed using the pre-photographic method of nature printing. Seen as part of a larger historic herbarium, ancillary information from these fragile imprints are illuminated and preserved in wax in arcane ‘books of study’ in the accompanying Folio Botanica. The images reference familiar tropical trees identified near my studio in Mexico with titles coming from descriptions given by my Mexican neighbours in my continuing effort to improve my language skills and my understanding of local plants.
In Afterimage the information is recombined and re-imagined suggesting the optical flickers of light that remain after exposure to an original image has passed. Where the Botanica collection documents individual details of specific trees, Afterimage recalls the experience.
Botanica, 43x33cm, relief nature prints on Tamura Kozo handmade washi. $300 each.
Relief nature prints on washi, mounted with beeswax on 36x60cm birch panels coated in plaster. $750
Afterimage Sun, Garden, Sky, 78x59cm, wet mounted relief nature prints on washi with flocking. $600.
Afterimage Red, 117x78cm, wet mounted relief nature prints on washi with flocking. $950 each.