What’s plant art? My daughter Kate McAlpine’s new website, PlantArt.nz, showcases her highly original works of art. (I’m such a proud mother it’s embarrassing.)
She creates them with leaves, flowers, and other natural items found in New Zealand. These are right under our noses but how often do we fully see and appreciate these fragments of nature? Kate changes all that with her plant art, which she sees as “nature rearranged.”
We’re not talking ikebana or floral art. They are heavily textured pictures. Some resemble mandalas or mosaics. You may see plant art as evolving from the sand saucers you made in primary school. If you know of anything similar in the world, I would love you to let me know with a Comment. Meanwhile, enjoy her portfolio of plant art in itself and for itself.
One thing I love about Kate’s New Zealand plant art is that it’s ephemeral, of the moment. Who said art had to endure for centuries? Plant art seizes the moment. In real life, to see one of Kate’s creations in the botanical flesh is to know that within hours it will wilt and fade. We savour it for that very quality, like cherry blossom. (And one might include cherry blossom.) Plant art viewing is a zen moment and a form of hanami.
Fortunately Kate now photographs each work, and on her website we can enjoy them for longer. She also shows us some of the procedures she has developed. Fascinating.
Kate is a scientist who celebrates the native flora of New Zealand.