Anthropocene Botanicals

This series is inspired by the botanical drawings and still life flower paintings from 17-19th century. These historical depictions of flowers were made in a spirit of optimism; many of  these drawings represented all the new species of plants that were being discovered on a almost daily basis. There was as sense that nature’s bounty was limitless. My series has a working title of “Anthropocene Botanicals” as a way of addressing our perception of the natural world today, in a time when we are dealing with mass extinction of flora and fauna; our documentation of these plants might now be considered more of requiem. The flowers are presented in chaotic, colourless “arrangement” to depict this new understanding of the plants we are seeing.