“New American Botanicals: The Art of MF Cardamone,” presents original, playful mixed media prints that evoke Surrealism blended with traditional botanical illustrations popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. This is Cardamone’s second show (the first in 2013) at Selby Gardens.
“I’m in awe of the natural world and its beauty and power to sustain and heal,” Cardamone said. “I wanted to create a body of work to advocate for nature, and to share some of the wonderful and curious things I’ve learned about plants.”
Cardamone’s interest in plant life began after completing the horticulture program at the Barnes Foundation Arboretum School in 2015. Following that program she began designing her home garden in Pennsylvania, the artist began researching and collecting plants. That process inspired her to create her own herbarium – a collection of dried plants preserved for research – and eventually her collection of artwork celebrating plants. Her work has been displayed throughout the United States, including the Tucson Museum of Art, Winterthur Museum (Wilmington, Del.) and the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.
The pieces are created in small editions of 10 on rag watercolor paper. Cardamone combines several different media, including collage, digital photography, archival inks, gouache, acrylics and colored pencils to complete her whimsical works. All of the specimens represented in the show were collected by Cardamone primarily at Selby Gardens, or in the artist’s backyard.
A lecture about the exhibit will be held at the Gardens’ Great Room from Noon – 1 p.m., Jan., 13 by Dr. Matthew McLendon, The Ringling Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art for a discussion about the artist as botanist.
Jeannie Perales, Selby Gardens’ director of education, said the institution was glad to have Cardamone back for a second show.
“We are proud to host MF Cardamone’s exhibit and for it to be inspired by the unique plants and cultural traditions found at Selby Gardens and within the state of Florida,” Perales said.
The exhibit will be on display in Selby Gardens’ Museum of Botany & the Arts through March 3. Viewing of the artwork and the guest lecture with Dr. McLendon on Jan. 13 is included with admission to the Gardens ($19 Adults, $6 Ages 5 – 11; free to Members).
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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information, please visit www.selby.org. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $19 (ages 12 and up), ages 4-11 $6, Members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731.