Graphic Prints Muse on Nature in the Modern World

By Diana Budds / Published by Dwell
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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.

Diana Budds

@dianabudds

A New York-based writer, Diana studied art history and environmental policy at UC Davis. Before rising to Senior Editor at Dwell—where she helped craft product coverage, features, and more—Diana worked in the Architecture and Design departments at MoMA and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She counts finishing a 5K as one of her greatest accomplishments, gets excited about any travel involving trains, and her favorite magazine section is Rewind. Learn more about Diana at: http://dianabudds.com

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