The Cultivation of ZoophytesThis book is my response to a call for proposals from book artists to create a work based one of 10 titles from The Athenaeum of Philadelphia’s collection. I chose Jacob Weidenman’s, Beautifying Country Homes, and a Handbook of Landscape Gardening. The impetus for this choice was my own love of gardening, and recent discovery of the term Zoophyte, which refers to the archaic scientific belief that certain plants evolved into animals. This is a unique bookwork with seven scanned graphite drawings, embossed pages, and a faux scientific text. The cover includes a diorama containing a “zoophyte.”

Claire Owen | Turtle Island Press

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