Artwork > Vienna Dioscorides

The Vienna Dioscorides series explores my interest in plants, their relationship to our health, and the importance of growing and consuming diverse crops and plants. My intricate drawings reflect on the complexities found in the natural world and the essential qualities each plant contributes to the whole, echoing the importance of diversity in maintaining, not only individual health, but healthy ecosystems.

Research into the historical role of plants’ medicinal and nutritional properties, brought me to the fountainhead of herbals; the Greek pharmacopoeia written by Dioscorides in c. 65 AD. Dioscorides text was considered the authority on medicinal plants for over 1500 years. The Vienna Dioscorides (512 AD) contains the oldest surviving complete manuscript of Dioscorides’ pharmacopoeia.

Several of the nearly 400 plant paintings depicted in the Vienna Dioscorides are still known to us today. These plants create a connection to this ancient text, linking past to present. These paintings are the inspiration for my free-motion embroidered drawings. I revisit the role of an embroidered sampler. Rather than collect stitches, patterns, and colors, I preserve ancient medicinal plants. I use thread, translucent organza, and a sewing machine to create my drawings. Floated away from the wall, they create a secondary cast shadow drawing.

I seek to commemorate and provide a contemporary perspective on the Vienna Dioscorides while contemplating the benefits and richness found within diverse communities.

Dragon Arum
Thread & Organza
12.75" x 12"
2018
Tree House Leek
Thread & Organza
14.5” x 11.25”
2018
Wild Parsnip
Thread & Organza
14" x 9.13"
2018
Sweet Violet
Thread & Organza
13.75" x 11"
2018
Chaste Tree
Thread & Organza
14.5" x 11.25"
2018
Caraway
Thread & Organza
14.75" x 10.75"
2018
Turnip
Thread & Organza
13" x 11.25"
2017
Wooly Blackberry
Thread & Organza
14.5" x 11.5"
2017
Rosemary
Thread & Organza
14.25 x 10.5
2017
Lemon Balm
Thread & Organza
13.25" x 11.5"
2017
European Wild Ginger
Thread & Organza
11" x 12.5"
2017
Wild Carrot
Thread & Organza
14.25" x 11"
2017
Lettuce
Thread & Organza
11.5" x 11"
2017
Arugula
Thread & Organza
12" x 11.5"
2017
Sweet Basil
Thread & Organza
13.5" x 11"
2017
Wild Cabbage
Thread & Organza
13.5" x 11.25"
2017
Celery
Thread & Organza
14.25" x 11.75"
2017
Dill
Thread & Organza
14" x 11.5"
2017
Spearmint
Thread & Organza
14.75" x 11.75"
2017
Garlic
Thread & Organza
13.5" x 11.75"
2017
White Mustard
Thread & Organza
14" x 10"
2017
Fava Bean
Thread & Organza
14.25" x 9.5"
2017
Giant Fennel
Thread & Organza
15" x 12"
2017
Black Elderberry
Thread & Organza
13.5" x 11.5"
2017
Coriander
Thread & Organza
13.5" x 10.5"
2017
Cumin
Thread & Organza
14" x 11.5"
2017
Chickpea
Thread & Organza
13.25" x 11"
2017
Common Purslane
Thread & Organza
12" x 11"
2017
Radish
Thread & Organza
13.5" x 10"
2017
Creeping Thyme
Thread & Organza
13.5" x 11"
2017
Leek
Thread & Organza
13.75" x 8"
2017
Castor Bean
Thread & Organza
13" x 11"
2016
Sea Orache
Thread & Organza
13.75" 11.5"
2016
Purple Nut Sedge
Thread & Organza
13.5" X 9"
2016
Bearded Iris
Thread & Organza
14" x 10.5"
2016
Yarrow
Thread & Organza
14" x 10.75"
2016
Wild Arum
Thread & Organza
12.75" x 10.75"
2016
Wormwood
Thread & Organza
13" x 9.5"
2016
Cowpea
Thread & Organza
12.75" x 10.5"
2016