the frost makes a flower, the dew makes a star page 33 (2020)

Jane Buyers

the frost makes a flower, the dew makes a star page 33


graphite on digital archival print of page 31 from Chimica e Mineralogia, (1953)
10 ¼ x 8 inches (image size), 18 x 14 inches (sheet size)





The works in Colddust and Rootglow feature botanical images drawn in graphite over photographically reproduced book pages from vintage science textbooks and geology field notebooks.

The “botanical specimens” in these works are not natural, they are derived from second- hand domestic textiles, (table cloths, drapes, bedding) found by chance in thrift stores and flea markets. Once desirably stylish, these articles are now out-of-date, unwanted, abandoned. I select elements and motifs and develop them through a series of alterations and translations. These components are then “woven” and “stitched” together on the book page through slow, methodical drawing procedures.

The mingling of text, nature imagery and science is suggestive of herbals, floras, plant hunter folios, specimen books, field guides, Victorian commonplace books, albums and scrapbooks.


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