cream wild indigo (Baptisia leucophaea)

Jane Kramer's avatar Jane Kramer

Cream wild indigo (Baptisia leucophaea) comes from the series "Foreshadowing – Endangered and Threatened Plant Species". The shadow image of cream wild indigo, an endangered plant in Michigan, is transferred onto paper made from the invasive plant phragmites using an alcohol gel process. Foreshadowing is an ongoing project, with shadow images and invasive plants being collected from nature preserves throughout Michigan. The shadow image appears somewhat transparent and, because of the paper, irregular. As many of these plants are disappearing from their natural habitat due to invasive plants, the shadow reflects nicely the fragile, ephemeral nature of endangered plants and their struggle to survive in a dynamic environment. The coupling of shadow and paper speaks to the complex relationship between invasive and endangered plants. This 6 x 9 inch limited edition print (1/3) is matted in a 14 x 17 inch frame made from reclaimed cherry with walnut splines. An accompanying title card specifies the plant's characteristics and occurrence. A portion of each print sale in this series is donated to Michigan Nature Association.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 3/4 in
  • Medium: photography on handmade paper
  • Width: 14 in
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 17 in