Systema Naturæ Drawings, 2012

Systema Naturæ Drawings
Watercolor on paper

“(…) I create and draw botanical species crossed with mechanical and constructed shapes. Like hybrid plants, they allude to the manipulation of the natural world. Using scientific drawings from different periods, visits to herbaria and botanical gardens, I am composing a parallel fictional science. Once my new species are invented, carefully and didactically depicted, I proceed to their taxonomic classification. This classification has been developed from the study of taxonomical rules and traditional systems, which are based on the species’ external morphology.
Making use of Latin epithets that describe characteristics of genera and species, I transform them, combining them with translated contemporary words, looking for composites that create new meanings. The results are either absurd, ironic, ambivalent, sometimes amusing, but always follow the rules of taxonomic nomenclature and of the use of Botanical Latin. My species are then grouped in families which are also newly named.” Read more