Impressions of Nature: Exploring Historical and Contemporary Nature Printing
Oct. 25, 2013 - March 31, 2014
Printing from natural objects has long been associated with the field of botany. Rather than digging up a specimen or taking time to do a field drawing, scientists were able to quickly record plant details. Often accompanied by handwritten notes, these prints sufficed for identification purposes. Today nature printing has become more of an artistic endeavor with advances in technology and new materials providing avenues to create expressive works.
The Impressions of Nature exhibit showcases both modern and mid-19th century prints and books from the special collections of the Andersen Horticultural Library. The 19th century prints and books feature images of ferns and seaweeds created by Englishman Henry Bradbury, who perfected a nature printing process using soft and hard metal plates.
Eight nature prints in this exhibition were created by artist John Doughty who donated them to the Library in 2012.
Nineteen framed prints created by Sonja Larsen constitute a major part of the exhibit and are for sale directly by the artist.
Doughty and Larsen co-authored the book Creating Art from Nature: How to Handprint Botanicals which details multiple plant printing processes and includes many of the prints owned by and on loan to the Library. Signed copies of Creating Art from Nature are available for purchase at the Arboretum Gift Store.
Exhibit Curator: Gretchen Burau