Medieval Imagination, Mixed-Media Prints

Medieval Imagination, Mixed-Media Prints

above: Galileo’s Moon, detail

Medieval Imagination, Mixed-Media Prints, 2014-2018

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 and paint with watercolor various textural images, referencing earth and celestial bodies. The prints also include original images and texts from the pages of the manuscripts.

Botanical Mixed-Media

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

Buttercup Plants in Blue Garden, 2017, silkscreen 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 describing the healing properties of the plants, original text from the manuscript

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

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

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

Botanical Monotype

Animal and Healing Plants in Garden i, 2018, monotype and dry pigment on paper, 30” x 22”


Animals and Healing Plants in Garden ii, 2018, monotype and dry pigment on paper, 30” x 22”


Hidden Blue Garden i*, 2018, monotype and silkscreen on paper, 30” x 22”
*printed from 2 plates

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”

Astronomy


The Man on the Moon i, 2018, ink and silkscreen on paper, 36”x 24”
This print is inspired by Galileo’s Starry Messenger treatise, 17th c. The print includes images of Galileo’s observation of moon after his invention of telescope and mathematical notes as well as Copernicus’s Model of cosmos. The figure in the prints is from Andreas Vesalius’ de humani corporis fabrica manuscript. Vesalius was the 16th c. anatomist and physician.

The Man on the Moon ii, 2018, ink and silkscreen on paper, 36”x 24”
This print is inspired by Galileo’s Starry Messenger treatise, 17th c. The print includes images of Galileo’s observation of moon after his invention of telescope and mathematical notes as well as Copernicus’s Model of cosmos. The figure in the prints is from Andreas Vesalius’ de humani corporis fabrica manuscript. Vesalius was the 16th c. anatomist and physician.

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”
A Tribute to Bartolomeu Velho’s 16th c. Figura dos Corpos Celestes, Illustration of Ptolemy’s Geocentrism

Galileo’s Moon, 2016, silkscreen and watercolor on paper, 18″ x 14″
A tribute to Galileo’s observation of the moon, 2016
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.

Mixed-Media Prints Inspired by Layouts and Colors of the Medieval Scientific Manuscripts

Devisal, 2014, watercolor, collage and silkscreen on paper, each 15”x 45”

Circuit, 2014, watercolor and silkscreen on paper, each 15”x 45”


Water, Earth, Air, Wood, 2014, watercolor, ink and silkscreen on folded paper, 31.5”x 29.5”

Globule
Globule, 2014, watercolor, ink and silkscreen on folded paper, 30”x 22”

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)

Exhibitions

Mohr Gallery, Finn Center, Mountain View, CA, 2014


Selected works for Triton Museum 50th anniversary exhibitionTriton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA, 2015


Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Auction, San Jose, CA, 2015