2D > The Carolinian Herbal (2016-2018)

The Carolinian Herbal weaves together folkloric and ecological stories through combined photographs of plants and animals in the Carolinas. The flora and fauna depicted are native, naturalized, invasive, or formerly extant but now extinct to the region, which has been my home for over a decade. Before combining each animal and plant species, I research the latest scientific insights about each, as well as their regional, national, and international folklore, fables, and myths. After digitally compositing the base photographs, I rework the images both digitally and traditionally through painting and drawing. Historic etchings and woodcuts are also collaged into the images, drawing literal and metaphoric lines between early scientific and folkloric beliefs. Even as our scientific understandings of these plants and animals continue to evolve, the folklore and myths surrounding these species also evolve. Plant and animal lore — whether handed down through the generations or spun out over a week on Tumblr — is in constant development.
These high-resolution images are printed large (~ 60” x 48”) on cotton sateen, and hung from the wall as floating banners. I also have a limited edition on paper (24” x 18”) available for exhibition or sale.

Raven and Jacob's Ladder
archival print on cotton satteen
42" x 42"
2018
Red Wolf and Venus Flytrap
archival print on cotton sateen
66" x 42"
2017
Brown-headed Nuthatch and Common Vetch
archival print on cotton sateen
66" x 42"
2017
Brown-headed Nuthatch and Common Vetch (detail)
archival print on cotton sateen
66" x 42"
2017
Rusty-patched Bumble Bee and Devil's Grandmother
archival print on cotton sateen
42" x 50"
2017
Rusty-patched Bumble Bee and Devil's Grandmother (detail)
archival print on cotton sateen
42" x 50"
2017
Coyote and Lemon Balm
Archival print on paper
52" x 36"
2016
Coyote and Lemon Balm (detail)
archival print on cotton sateen
2017
Striped Pipsissewa and Red-spotted Newt
Archival print on paper
52" x 36"
2017
Striped Pipsissewa and Red-spotted Newt (detail)
Archival print on paper
36" x 48"
2017
Wolf and Round-lobed Hepatica
Archival print on paper
36" x 48"
2016
Wolf and Round-lobed hepatica (detail)
Archival print on paper
36" x 48"
2016
Bears and Artemesia ludoviciana
Archival print on paper
36" x 48"
2016
Bears and Artemesia ludoviciana (detail)
Archival print on paper
2016
Red-shouldered Hawks and Umbrella Magnolia
Archival print on paper
52" x 36"
2016

In The Carolinian Herbal I combine folklore about plants and animals found (or previously found) in North Carolina with my own contemporary, constructed mythos.