A Little Joie de Vivre Goes a Long Way (2009)
This series of works is made from decoupage and pencil drawing inspired by botany, printing and by the science of organ transplant. As I ponder the word transplant I am aware of the ways botany has been one of the first forms of life studied in order to understand heredity, and genetics. Images of plants have also been among the first and most common inspiration for artists and the first images to appear on wallpaper. Since its beginnings images on wallpaper have been a stylization of nature, and illustrators strived to “perfect” the image of nature. Then with the printing press, replication and the ability to easily transpose the perfected image rendered the stylized image of nature accessible. I make a parallel between the stylization of nature in imagery and the quest for achieving tissue compatibility by “stylizing” the building blocks of life. Each panel combines in a unique way pencil drawings of plant parts with allusion to systems in the human body.
Pencil, découpage, acrylic paint on wood panel, 82 x 61 x 4.5 cm each