Mary Fran CardamoneFlora fantastica at Carol Schwartz Gallery

April 1-May30

Join artist MF Cardamone for an opening reception: Friday, April 17th, 5pm-7pm
By blending elements of 18th and 19th-century botanical illustrations with the imaginative randomness of Dada and Surrealist collage methods, MF Cardamone creates playful interpretations of the intersection of nature, taxonomy, and popular culture. Cardamone collects plant specimens and combines them with images and words, resulting in complex visual narratives that reveal the science, history, and beauty of her subjects.

Finding the herbarium tradition an intriguing starting point to address nature as an art form, Cardamone combined her interest in medieval herbals and manuscripts, folklore, traditional Chinese medicine, and pop art to create lively mixed media works on paper. To Cardamone, the anatomy of a plant is part of a larger story that involves historical, medicinal, ecological, spiritual, and mythological elements.

Original pieces are produced in small editions on 100% watercolor paper, and use a variety of media including: collage, digital imaging, gouache, acrylics, and pen and ink.

Her art intends to benefit nature conservation by engaging the public with work that is both educational and entertaining. 20% of the proceeds will be donated by the artist and gallery in support of the Chestnut Hill Community Fund’s Green Space Initiative Re-Tree the Avenue.

Visit her website, www.mfcardamone.com for more information.

Location: The Carol Schwartz Gallery, 101 Bethlehem Pike, Chestnut Hill, PA. Tel. 215-242-4510. CarolSchwartzGallery@gmail.com. Show runs thru May 30th. Click here for a map.

Cost: Free.