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Botanical Visions: The Art of MF Cardamone

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MF Cardamone creates artwork that harks back to centuries past but is deeply rooted in the present. Her cultural and sociological commentary, delivered in words and images, reveals her sly sense of humor and love of all things botanical. An artist fluent in various media, including painting, sculpture, and limited-edition clothing, Cardamone discovered her passion for plants when she restored a garden at her 75-year-old farmhouse near Philadelphia. She enrolled in the Barnes Foundation Arboretum School and learned to collect specimens and create herbarium sheets, documenting the many medicinal uses of plants along with their history and landscaping potential. Cardamone begins with a plant specimen and watercolor paper, then turns to gouache, pen and ink, and digital imagery. She balances the scientific aspect of her work with a large dose of humor in the selection and placement of cultural icons from the plant’s home environment.
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book, with jacket
124 pages with 100 full-color reproductions
Includes Exhibition History, and Index of Artworks

• High-quality, premium stock matte art paper
• Exceptional color reproduction
• Printed with soy-based inks
• Sewn binding ensures long-lasting enjoyment

Size: 10 x 10 in.

ISBN 9780764977664

MF Cardamone

Artist MF Cardamone (American, b. 1958) approaches her work with the eye of a 19th-century botanical illustrator and the soul of a contemporary artist. Fluent in various media and techniques—including painting, sculpture, and limited-edition clothing—Cardamone discovered her passion for plants when she restored a garden at her then 75-year-old farmhouse near Philadelphia. She enrolled in the Barnes Foundation Arboretum School and learned to collect specimens and create herbarium sheets, documenting the many medicinal uses of plants, along with their history and landscaping potential. She treats each of her mixed-media artworks like a puzzle, juxtaposing the manmade with the natural. You might find a teapot, a key, or a clock in one of her creations, but their inclusion isn’t random. Cardamone links regional icons and social commentary with scientific information about specific plants, then embellishes the whole with insights and observations in elegant calligraphy.
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