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periphery 4 panel

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periphery 4 panel


This is one of the original assemblages of pressed flower on copper plate, beeswaxed, installed in a small panel. They remind me of specimen displays in a museum. But instead they are evidence of nature on a particular square piece of land. Proof of nature and my existence. I was amazed at the variety of flora in a relatively small space, and as the pressed flowers on sheets stacked higher, I knew I had missed many. Sometimes I would come to a spot, and collect a wildflower in my notebook I carried. And get set to move on. But then, I would see a different flower, or weed, or type of grass. It had a gesture, so I added it to my notebook. And then, another became interesting. Finally, the notebook would be full, from just a one 6 foot circle of ground. I know there are many I did not see, and am eager for spring to arrive again for another year.



Written by Ken Smith

February 11th, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Posted in Flora,Still Life

periphery 2

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periphery 2


In the Spring of 2011, I began collecting wildflowers, weeds, and grasses from my square property on which I live for a new series I had in mind, my ‘periphery series’.


The thought was to include the flora within the fenceline and invisible boundary lines of the property. An intimate collection that necessarily included me, and my relationship with all within the square. My association with the flora on the land that I am custodian of…identification, recognition, belonging.


The collecting and the subsequent series not only defined the flora within the boundary, but also sought to suggest the idea of boundary-less, for the flora escaped my fencelines and prospered onward into the neighbor’s property, oblivious to limits or mans’ records. The series reminded me that I too am boundaryless, and also, do not truly own the land, but am as transient and fragile as the smallest flower.


Keeping to the square format of the land, I pressed the flora, and then mounted them on squares of japanese paper on copper sheets that I distressed. I then beeswaxed over it all. I made an image of this assemblage, and then mounted the copper sheet inside an 8×8″ wood panel. The small panel is presented alongside the 20×20″ print framed 28×28″.



Written by Ken Smith

February 9th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Posted in Flora,Still Life

nude with vase

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Nude with Vase


I was fortunate to work with my beautiful friend again, this time in color. An inspiring location, in luminous light.



Written by Ken Smith

February 9th, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Posted in Nude

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