Botanical Prints and Digital Illustrations

Botanical Prints and Digital Illustrations

Sky Garden and Endemic Healing series

In both hand-made botanical prints and digital illustrations, I present medicinal plants in compositions to impart the idea of a garden. The visual elements are from Herbal, a 12th-century Andalusian botanical manuscript, and Sidereus Nuncius, Galileo’s 17th-century treatise.  I first digitally draw the botanical and animal silhouettes and then prepare them for printing processes. Some illustrations are printed on aluminum medallions of various sizes and shapes to evoke Persian decorative tiles of traditional fountains and structures inside the historic botanical gardens in Shiraz, Iran (where my family originates).

Endemic Healing series, 2020-2021, features medicinal plants with healing properties that include treating stress, respiratory issues, sore throat, or fever. The works symbolically posit the path to recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sky Garden viii, 2021, ink and silkscreen on paper, 30” x 22”
Collection of Burk Rehabilitation, New York

Sky Garden ix, 2020, ink and silkscreen on paper, 30” x 22”
Private collection, San Francisco Bay Area

Sky Garden ix, 2021, silkscreen and watercolor on paper, 20″ x 55″
Collection of UC Davis Medical Group, Sacramento, CA

Sky Garden vi, 2020, silkscreen and watercolor on paper, 20″ x 55″
Collection of UC Davis Medical Group, Sacramento, CA


Sky Garden iii, 2020, silkscreen and ink on paper, 20″ x 55″


Sky Garden v, 2020, silkscreen and watercolor on paper, 11″ x 30″

Sky Garden i, 2020, silkscreen and watercolor on paper, 11″ x 30″


Sky Garden iv, 2020, silkscreen and watercolor on paper, 11″ x 30″


Installation view at Mercury 20 Gallery, 40 x 40 in, Oakland, CA, 2019


Plants: Viola, Cinquefoil, Buttercup, Chamomile, Cannabis, and Asparagus


Plants: asparagus, viola, buttercup

Endemic Healing i, ii, and iii, 2020
Plants: lobelia, wild columbine, and yarrow

Collection of UC Davis Medical Group, Roseville, CA, 2020
Each 40 x 40 & 30 x 30 in

California Healing, 2020, Endemic Healing poster series
Holding the Moment Art Award, A Public Art Initiative Responding to COVID-19, City of San Jose Office Public Art Program
Digital illustration, and print on foam board, 36 x 24 in

San Jose Aiport, Terminal B, installation view, Dec 2020

Endemic Healing, posters, 2020, digital illustrations, 36x 24 in
Red Columbine, Mugwort, and Lobelia

Rise With Nature, 2021, 6 x 2.5 feet, digital illustration and print on vinyl
Custom-made banners, 1st place, winner of the Window Display Art competition, April 2021
The banners included those plants that are served at the Crema.

Installation view, April 2021, Crema Coffee Roasting Company, San Jose, CA

Installation view, April 2021, Crema Coffee Roasting Company, San Jose, CA

Research

Pages of Herbal of al-GhafiqiBotanical Manuscript in Arabic by Abu Ja`far al-Ghafiqi, 12th c., Andalusia
Herbal is one of the most remarkable medieval botanical manuscripts on medicinal plants, their names, their visuals, and their healing properties.

Sidereus Nuncius is a short astronomical treatise published in New Latin by Galileo Galilei on March 13, 1610.