My prom dates always got paper crafted corsages instead of traditional flowers. So when I chose illustration as my degree plan for my formal art education, it was no surprise when I found more passion in growing tropical plants off my dorm balcony, than I had for completing editorial assignments.

My roots in illustration, still drive my creative process but now I create sculptures like a scientist. When looking for new subjects, I reference scientific illustrations of the 19th century. Sometimes I find exciting botanical forms in books, but sometimes I find them during hikes. I am building on the long tradition of Victorian paper flower making, which was a common pastime for well-to-do women of a discerning class.

As in the traditional process, I disassemble wild caught or garden grown floral specimens. When a flower really grabs my attention, I trace out its parts and try to figure out how to recreate a final form even if it does have batteries. My interests in electrical engineering influence me to use electrical components, which can have very organic shapes. I often build multiple prototypes, refining the specimen again and again until I have a final vision that captures the essence of that initial inspiration.

Drawing on childhood experiences playing in the garden and watching animated films, I interject my playful nature into floral works with lights to make the flowers come to life. News stories about disappearing ecosystems and vanishing species make me think of a future society that will never see a tree covered in moonlit moths or a field of flowers in full bloom. I grew up in a home that was neighboring on a state park and over time the woods of my youth were suburbanized. My sculptures capture the memory of the botanical specimens rather than produce an exact copy.

 

Doug Land.
8-18-2018

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