Printing ink on Chinese paper. Six pieces of handmade Chinese paper joined together with wheat starch paste.
Edition size: edition of 3 copies all unique
Printer, Publisher info: Self Published by the artist
Introductory Text from the artist
I am an Italian botanist based in Singapore. My research work focuses on the taxonomy and evolution of Apocynaceae subfamilies Asclepiadoideae, Periplocoideae and Secamonoideae in Southeast Asia and neighbouring regions. I also have a keen interest in the history of botanical illustration and I am a hobbyist printmaker.
Nature printing is the technique of taking a direct print from natural objects like leave and flowers without the interposition of a medium – whether through the lens of a camera or through the hands of an illustrator.
Nature printing has been used as a form of botanical illustration both in the West and in the East for centuries and it allows to capture very fine details of the plant morphology while requiring very little equipment. My principal inspiration for my printmaking is Japanese botanist Ito Keisuke, who used to sketch as well as to take nature prints of the plants he encountered. This is, to me, the perfect integration of art and science.
To challenge myself, since 2016 I started to make large prints, first in Edinburgh, Scotland, working together with Dr. Henry Noltie on leaves of Gunnera manicata and Tetrapanax papyrifer (one exhibited), and subsequently carrying on in Singapore with palms and one of my favourite subjects, Macaranga gigantea.
I like to use oil based ink as that allows slow drying so that I can print slowly. I mostly print in black but sometimes I like to mix other colours too, or add watercolour or acrylic later on. I experiment with a range of papers, from western thick printmaking papers to different types of machine and handmade Chinese and Japanese papers.
I like to obtain bold large print, exemplifying the lust exuberance of the tropical rainforest, but also make very detailed prints that are better appreciated when observed close up.