Botany, Digital Illustration
above: chamomile, detail
Medieval Botany, Digital Illustration, Aluminum Medallions, 2018-2021
These digital illustrations on aluminum medallions are based on The Herbal of Al-Ghafiqi, a 12th c. manuscript from Andalusia, Spain. The pieces evoke memories of my childhood in the Southern city of Shiraz, Iran, known for its herbal medicine tradition. As a child, I spent ample time shopping at the traditional drugstores in Shiraz with my grandmother who firmly believed in the healing power of herbal medicine for all kinds of minor ailments. The plants are designed after the original images from the manuscript and printed on aluminum medallions to evoke the 16th-century Persian decorative tiles. The pieces showcase an introspective representation of my early memories of connection to nature and personal place between memory, the worlds of reality and imagination.