The New Vein series is comprised of dried, gessoed leaves and plastic bag fragments hand-stitched to paper.  An on-going project since 2005, it's a 21st century riff on the herbarium— a collection of preserved plant specimens used for study and analysis.  But I've corrupted the botanist's intentions by seamlessly merging highlighted aspects of a leaf's structure with the ubiquitous graphic designs found on plastic bags.  My renderings are a nod to the increasingly blurred distinction between natural and man-made, but in another regard, my sewing is a way of mending— not repairing holes, but making  'wholes' from such disparate parts. 

NV#8 LG, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 13 x 10 inches

NV#9 LG, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 13 x 10 inches

NV#66, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 12 x 9 inches

Fold, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 14 x 11 inches

NV#75, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 12 x 9 inches

NV#68, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 12 x 9 inches

NV#72, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 12 x 9 inches

NV #35, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 12 x 9 inches

NV #71, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 12 x 9 inches

NV#52, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 12 x 9 inches

NV#6 LG, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 13 x 10 inches

NV#2 LG, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 13 x 10 inches

NV#73, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 12 x 9 inches

NV#60, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 12 x 9 inches

NV#74, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 12 x 9 inches

NV#31, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 12 x 9 inches

NV#76, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 12 x 9 inches

NV #7 LG, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 13 x 10 inches

NV #3, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 12 x 9 inches

NV#5 LG, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 13 x 10 inches

Mezzaluna, leaf, gesso, plastic bag, Flashe paint, thread on paper, 20 x 15 inches

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