Graphic Prints Muse on Nature in the Modern World

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By Diana Budds / Published by Dwell
An artist's prints are inspired by urban gardens.

The closest many city dwellers come to traipsing through a jungle is visiting a botanical conservatory. These idyllic, man-made gardens speak to artist Naomi Reis: "Our vision of nature has become increasingly abstracted," she says. To create her Borrowed Landscapes collages, Reis photographs plants, digitally alters the images, and recreates the scene using cutouts of mylar and hand-painted rice paper—a commentary on how perceptions of nature in the modern world are fraught with facsimile. 

“Our vision of nature has become increasingly abstracted,” Naomi Reis says. She photographs plants, digitally alters the images, and recreates the scene using cutouts of mylar and hand-painted rice paper for her Borrowed Landscapes collages.