Art & Botany: Shadow Boxing Floralscapes

December 07, 2009
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Netherlands-based artist Anne ten Donkelaar designs shadow-boxed collages of intricate floralscapes with roots that dangle and succulents that grow upside down. Layering natural objects and paper bits—magazine cutouts, dried flowers and leaves, pressed paper, and illustrations—she builds landscapes that float like a surrealist's garden. Donkelaar uses pins to adhere her material, like species in a specimen box, a technique that gives a curious depth to the one-dimensional artifacts.