Flora Fantastica: The Botanical Art of MF Cardamone

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Oct 14 2011 PasatiempoExhibition October 14-16, 2011

Selby Fleetwood Gallery, 600 Canyon Rd.
Portion of the proceeds benefit Santa Fe Botanical Garden

Read the article, Get your chlorophyll (PDF 9.79 MB), published Oct. 14, 2011 in Pasatiempo.

“Shortly after completing the Barnes Foundation Arboretum School Program in 2005 and during the planning of my own native plant garden I became inspired to start this project. The mission of this work is to record and document what’s become of the plants in our modern culture by contrasting their past and present life histories.

I like to think of my work as contemporary natural history specimens that are influenced by the traditions of specimen mounting and botanical illustration. I combine images with words and create visual narratives that reveal the science, history, and beauty of my subjects. I’m interested in many aspects of plants; from the relationship that people have with them to their ecology, mythology, and medicinal uses.

Original pieces are produced in small editions on 100% watercolor paper.  I use a variety of media including: collage, digital imaging, gouache, acrylics, and pen and ink.  Some of my inspirations are: Medieval Herbals and manuscripts, Traditional Chinese Medicine (I study it), Pop Art and Surrealism.”

Her art intends to benefit nature conservation by engaging the public with work that is both educational and entertaining.  This show will consist of new work, specifically on plants of the Southwest, and work that was recently exhibited in a solo show at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

50% of all proceeds will benefit the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

Apache Plume

Apache Plume

Arbol de la Vida

Arbol de la Vida

Aspen with Skiers

Aspen with Skiers

Blue Spruce

Blue Spruce

Bohdi with Buddah

Bohdi with Buddah

Cannabis with Jester

Cannabis with Jester

Corn with Corn Maiden

Corn with Corn Maiden

Dandylion with Shield

Dandylion with Shield

Flower Power

Flower Power

Ginko with Chinese Man

Ginko with Chinese Man

Ginseng with Lady

Ginseng with Lady

Goldenseal with Indian

Goldenseal with Indian

Hops with Card

Hops with Card

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Ivy with H.D.

Ivy with H.D.

Japanese Maple with Moon

Japanese Maple with Moon

Juniper with Tissue

Juniper with Tissue

Lilac with Chess Piece

Lilac with Chess Piece

Maple Pine

Maple Pine

Milkweed with Asclepios

Milkweed with Asclepios

Mr. ZZ Pansy Man

Mr. ZZ Pansy Man

Oak Shad

Oak Shad

Olive with Lamp

Olive with Lamp

Opium Seed Head

Opium Seed Head

Peyote

Peyote

Pinon with Shard

Pinon with Shard

Poinsetta with Mexican Lady

Poinsetta with Mexican Lady

Roadside Species

Roadside Species

Rose with Love Letter

Rose with Love Letter

Seed of a Nation

Seed of a Nation

Sumac with Bust

Sumac with Bust

Sweetgum with Elvis

Sweetgum with Elvis

Tobacco with Cigarette

Tobacco with Cigarette

Yew with Map

Yew with Map

Yucca with Needles

Yucca with Needles

White Pine with Shoe

White Pine with Shoe