Strange Plants II is the second book in a series that celebrates plants in contemporary art. The book features the work of 30 artists, and explores what these artists think about plants and how they portray them in their work. It includes viscous paintings of drooping flower arrangements: intuitive photographs of lily pads and lithe bodies; mixed-media collages that juxtapose the tranquility of Japanese Ikebana with the chaotic energy of vandalism and much more.
The book brings together several artists who take a unique approach to incorporating plants into their work: Allison Schulnik, Misha Hollenbach, Francesca DiMattio, Zin Taylor, Katarina Janeckova, Stills & Strokes and Ren Hang. Schulnik, for example, used her own garden as a character in one of her short films; Stills & Strokes projected colors and geometric shapes onto the leaves of plants in botanical gardens; and DiMattio filled the sculptures in her exhibition with dramatic and unruly flowers. Each artist’s work is accompanied by an insightful article or interview that delves deeper into the relationships between plants and people.
The book includes 2 sheets of stickers, allowing the owner to fully customise the cover.
Zio Baritaux is a Los Angeles born, Europe based writer, editor and publisher. She was the managing editor of Swindle magazine, and has since written and/or edited more than a dozen books on art and culture.
Zioxla is a creative agency and independent publishing house founded by Zio Baritaux.