“…builds upon my interest in the persistence and rejuvenation of plant life. All aspects of existence on earth are inter-dependent and continually developing, changing and mutating.” - the artist
The “Mechanical Botanical Series” addresses the effects of Technology on Nature. This recent work combines my original photography, digital scans and manipulation, and archival pigment printing with traditional media such as acrylic paint, watercolor, and graphite.
Each piece is unique, because the artist’s hand plays a vital role in the finished work of art.
The “Mechanical Botanical” Series builds upon my interest in the persistence and rejuvenation of plant life. All aspects of existence on earth are inter-dependent and continually developing, changing and mutating. Based on that premise, how will advances in modern science alter organic forms? And how will that phenomenon ultimately be manifested?
As an artist, all my skills and experiences ultimately influence my artwork –and, in this case, it was my knowledge of the computer and software, along with my background in painting and drawing , that led me on an exciting journey of transforming beautiful botanical forms into a “weird science” composed of strangely exquisite “techno-mutations”.
The discovery of the “Mechanical Botanical” Series was an epiphany, and the process of creating this work is intensely cerebral. In my mind, I can manipulate and alter form and shape—and then magically render it visually. My collaboration with technology never fails to surprise and amaze me in some way – and I am perpetually learning from the results of our efforts.
In the end, the “Mechanical Botanical” Series hopefully provides the viewer with a new and startling way of looking at the world we now inhabit—and perhaps even a glimpse into the hybrid universe of tomorrow.
About the artist:
Francine Funke is a multi-faceted artist, whose work ranges from her recent "Mechanical Botanical" Series of archival pigment prints on paper and canvas, to large mixed media wall pieces and site-specific installations, to acrylic paintings on canvas, photography, and to 3-dimensional works on paper.
Her artwork has been exhibited in major museums and galleries nationwide. (sourced: www.francinefunke.com)
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