Medieval Composition, Mixed-Media Prints

Medieval Composition, Mixed-Media Prints

above: Galileo’s Moon, detail

Medieval Imagination, Mixed-Media Prints, 2014-2019

Medieval and early modern scientific manuscripts were composed of hand-drawn images, diagrams, and geometrical shapes as well as textual and mathematical explanations. Each page of these manuscripts often separated images and texts through both structured compositions and random layouts. Inspired by images, colors, content and compositions of medieval scientific manuscripts, I create mixed-media prints. In my botanical prints I present medieval medicinal plants in compositions to impart the idea of a garden. In works inspired by maps or astronomy, I screen print or paint with watercolor various textural images, referencing earth and celestial bodies.

Medicinal Botany, Mixed-Media

The Sunset in the Garden, 2018, ink and silkscreen on paper, 30” x 44”

Asparagus Forest, 2019, ink and silkscreen on paper, 30” x 44”

White Garden, 2019, ink and silkscreen on paper, 27” x 42”

Chamomile Garden Under the Medieval Sun, 2017, silkscreen, graphite and watercolor on paper, 22″x 30″


Chamomile Garden in the Sun and in the Shade, 2017, silkscreen and ink on paper, 22″x 30″

Plants and Their Healing Notes i, 2017, ink and silkscreen on paper, 14.75” x 22”
The text is the original text from the manuscript, describing the healing properties of plants

Plants and Their Healing Notes ii, 2017, ink and silkscreen on paper, 14.75” x 22”


Chamomile Garden in the Fall, 2017, watercolor, ink and silkscreen on paper, 30” x 22″

Buttercup Plants in Blue Garden, 2017, silkscreen and ink on paper, 30″ x 22″


A Healing Note, 2017, watercolor and silkscreen on paper, 30” x 22”


Blue Chamomiles, 2018, medieval ink* and silkscreen on paper, 30” x 22”
* a medieval ink recipe is used to create parts of this print
The text is the original text from the manuscript, describing the healing properties of plants

Monotype Prints

Floating Garden i, 2018, monotype, silkscreen and dry pigment on paper, 30” x 22”

Floating Garden ii, 2018, monotype, silkscreen and dry pigment on paper, 30” x 22”

Garden Under Water, 2018, monotype on paper, 30” x 22”

Astronomy, Mixed-Media


The Man on the Moon i, 2018, ink and silkscreen on paper, 36”x 24”

The Man on the Moon features the first precisely drawn human (anatomy), standing on the first drawn images of the Moon. I combined the images of Galileo’s first observation of the Moon through his telescope (from his Sidereus Nuncius manuscript) with mathematical diagrams of the cosmos from various eras. The figure is from Andreas Vesalius’ de humani corporis fabrica manuscript. Vesalius was the 16th c. anatomist and physician, known as the founder of modern human anatomy.

The Man on the Moon ii, 2018, ink and silkscreen on paper, 36”x 24”

Galileo’s Moon, 2016, silkscreen and watercolor on paper, 18″ x 14″
Images: A page from Galileo’s manuscript on astronomy, 16th C. and De Sphaera Mundi (on the Sphere of the World) by Johanned de Sacrobosco, 13th c.

The Return of Geocentrism i, 2015, watercolor and silkscreen on paper, 16”x 21”
A Tribute to Bartolomeu Velho’s 16th c. Figura dos Corpos Celestes, Illustration of Ptolemy’s Geocentrism

The Return of Geocentrism ii, 2015, watercolor and silkscreen on paper, 12.5”x 15.5”

Anatomy, Mixed-Media


Medieval Body i, 2018, ink and silkscreen on paper, 30” x 22”

Medieval Body ii, 2018, ink and silkscreen on paper, 30” x 22”

Medieval Body iii, 2018, ink and silkscreen on paper, 30” x 22”

Cartography, Mixed-Media

Water, Earth, Air, Wood, 2014, watercolor, ink and silkscreen on folded paper, 31.5”x 29.5”
A Tribute to al-Qazwini’s 13th c. World Map, Wonders of Creation manuscript (16th c. edition)

Globule
Globule, 2014, watercolor, ink and silkscreen on folded paper, 30”x 22”
A Tribute to al-Qazwini’s 13th c. World Map, Wonders of Creation manuscript (16th c. edition)

The Realm of Earth i, 2014, watercolor and silkscreen on paper, 11”x 30”
A Tribute to al-Qazwini’s 13th c. World Map, Wonders of Creation manuscript (16th c. edition)

The Realm of Earth ii, 2014, watercolor and silkscreen on paper, 11”x 30”
A Tribute to al-Qazwini’s 13th c. World Map, Wonders of Creation manuscript (16th c. edition)