Category: Botanical Artifacts

Corn Seedlings

  One spring, a Holt County, Missouri, farmer brought young corn seedlings from their family farm to my studio. The task was to preserve them so that each of the five children would have a kind of a botanical artifact from the farm … Continue reading

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Self-Portrait

There are so many disparate elements in the finished piece, the self-portrait as it is now might be best called “an organic compound.” I started with my first attempt at a plant mask, which has leaves, spores, seeds, a dried flower and beads, … Continue reading

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Framed Portraits

After completing the masks of mother and daughters, it seemed fitting to frame them together. The orange tree root weaves them together; together but separate. Mother and children were able to start gluing down plant material soon after the quick-dry plaster … Continue reading

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The Band of Hills Known as the Flint Hills

Native tallgrasses have always thrived in the Flint Hills. The rocky terrain has prevented plant based farming, so native plants (at least those not displaced by invasives like Bush Honeysuckle) have perpetuated through centuries of droughts, floods, wildfires and controlled … Continue reading

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Small Native Pieces

I used to think the variety of plant material available to me here in the midwest was sadly limited. I was always planning trips and fantasizing about the exotic plant material I would find. Traveling around a bit is great, … Continue reading

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City of Alexandria Herbarium

I found historic type specimen and unusual plant material at the City of Alexandria, VA herbarium.  While I had hoped to get into the United States National Herbarium at the Smithsonian to see historic specimen,  I got to see some … Continue reading

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