Animals in the Healing Gardens-Printmaking Residency, Houston

Animals in the Healing Gardens-Printmaking Residency, Houston

Leopard in Chamomile Garden, detail

Animals in the Healing Gardens
Printmaking Residency at Burning Bones Press, Houston, TX, 2019
Edition-Print Project

Since late 2018, I have been creating pieces that feature animals in the garden scenes using digital illustrations, monotype, and silkscreen prints. In these recent prints, I aim to create narratives using elements I extract from the manuscripts that I research. In my prints, deers are being chased by seen or unseen predators inside medicinal botanical gardens. My silhouettes are inspired by the original images of plants and animals from the 12th-century botanical manuscript, The Herbal. I digitally drew the plants and animal silhouettes and composed them together. The overall color palette is inspired by both the manuscript and the Persian fountain tiles found in traditional historic gardens in Shiraz, Iran.

In May 2019, I was invited for an edition-print project at the Burning Bones Press in Houston, Texas. For this project, I used animals and plants from the same botanical manuscript. Cathie Kayser, artist and printmaker at the Burning Bones Press, and I worked on a four-color intaglio print edition: The Chase in Chamomile Garden. I digitally drew select animals chasing each other and composed them in a chamomile garden scene. Using copper plates and intaglio techniques during my four-day residency I worked with Cathie on details and printing a few tests. By the end of the 4th day, I signed the B.A.T. and approved the colors. Cathie Kayser at Burning Bones Press printed a limited edition of 10 after I returned.  You can see the process and the final print here.

The Chase in Chamomile Garden, 2/10, 4-color intaglio
Image size: 7″ x 9″, paper size: 15″ x 22″

The Chase in Chamomile Garden, detail

Preparing the plates and testing colors, Burning Bones Press, Houston, TX, May 2019

Test prints for colors, 7″ x 9″

Preparing the plates and test prints, Burning Bones Press, Houston, TX, May 2019

Silkscreen Prints

Chase under the Chamomile Sky i, 2020
silkscreen and watercolor on paper, 22″ x 30″

Chase under the Chamomile Sky ii, 2020
silkscreen and watercolor on paper, 22″ x 30″

Chase under the Chamomile Sky iii, 2020
silkscreen and watercolor on paper, 22″ x 30″

Chase under the Chamomile Sky iv, 2020
silkscreen and watercolor on paper, 22″ x 30″

Deers in the Chamomile Garden i, 2020
silkscreen and ink on paper, 30″ x 44″

Deers in the Chamomile Garden ii, 2020
silkscreen and ink on paper, 30″ x 22″

Monotype prints

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 iii*, 2018, monotype and silkscreen on paper, 30” x 22”
*printed from 2 plates

Digital Illustrations & Prints

The Chase in Chamomile Garden, 2019
Digital Illustration and print on fabric (digital print on metal is also available), 3 x 4 feet

Leopard in Chamomile Garden, 2019
Digital Illustration and print on fabric (digital print on metal is also available), 22 x 36 inches

The Chase, 2019
Digital Illustration and print on fabric (digital print on metal is also available), 22 x 36 inches

 

Research

“When plants and animals were specifically studied in the Middle Ages, it was usually in the context of medicine, natural philosophy, or agriculture.”
“The illustration seems to have been expected in luxury copies of Arabic texts describing medicinal plants, animals, constellations, and mechanical devices. In the manuscript, The Herbal, there are eight animals.”
Jaclynne J.Kerner

Animals featured in The Herbal manuscript, 12th c.