Wednesday, January 14, 2015

An Interview with the Plant Curator

                            Paeonia officinalis 'Rubra Plena'
                            watercolour on paper
                            private collection

In 2014 I came across the intriguing where I found a kaleidoscope of many good things, which are eloquently described on the website in the following way: 

All different kinds of artists use floral, botanical or nature-themed elements in their work, meaning print and digital publications are littered with images of plants. Plants in one incarnation or another are always relevant, always current, so there is an endless stream of material to choose from. Plant Curator selectively collects vegetative creations to build a digital athenaeum of plant beauty and application in the arts. Designers that work in nature or plant-related fields will find inspiration for design and content here. In this way we help botanical creatives learn from other botanical creatives. We also aim to give a botanical backstory, to show plants are not just graphical objects, employed for their diverse and inimitable morphology, but that they are our ecology. It is said that beauty is one of nature’s best tools for survival, but as our connection to nature becomes fractured, we see less of its wonder first-hand on a daily basis, making it easier to forget. The arts can help mend the scars, remind us of the magical beauty and essentialness of the natural world.

I recently completed an interview with the Plant Curator which is now published on the site. It was a pleasure to answer all the questions, which were presented to me as an equipoise of the general and the specific, the collective and the personal, and the practical and the philosophical, prompting me to reflect some more upon my ongoing work to express the Spirit of the Flower. It is a delight to be a part of the Plant Curator experience, and the interview is located via the following link:

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