The ongoing success of the Plant Journal has re-engaged readers with the botanical world through an art and design lens; now a new book plans to take this exploration even further.
Strange Plants is the first title from Zio Baritaux’s Zioxla publishing imprint, and is described as “a celebration of plants in contemporary art…from oozing paintings of rotting cacti to eerie, mesmeric photos of the leafy kudzu vine.”
It not only features the work of artists whose work has previously centred on plants (like Helene Schmitz, Paul Wackers, Lee Kwang-Ho) but it also engages creatives who have not been inspired by plants thus far in their careers to respond to and reflect on flora in all its forms.
Zio says: “The artists in this book were challenged to think about their work in new ways and ruminate on their unique experiences with plants. I hope this book will inspire others, and challenge the way people look at both plants and art.”
With the brilliant Barcelona-based Folch Studio overseeing the design of the limited edition book, it’s predictably well done; a nice touch is that the cover is a blank stamped surface with three adhesives inside for readers to create their own cover.