FLOR 307, Fourpetal Pawpaw, Asimina tetramera, FLOR500, Florida, Wildflower, Art, Nature, History, Eco-art, FIU, VIVA Florida, Garden, Artists, Engaged Creativity, Environment, participatory art, FLOR500 is a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013.
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 FLOR 307
Fourpetal Pawpaw (Asimina tetramera)


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FLOR 304 by Marcy Brennan 

Marjorie M. Shropshire, "FLOR 307: Fourpetal Pawpaw (Asimina tetramera)," Gouche and ink on Arches hot press paper bound into handmade book, 16" x  20",  2013. (CC) 


About the Artist

Marjorie Shropshire was born in Miami, Florida. Her interest in the natural world and Florida ecosystems was forged at an early age. Anger about development and the casual destruction of Florida's natural areas changed her work from simply documenting Florida's beauty to works that are elegiac, speaking of Florida's wild places in terms of what was and is no more.


Artist's Statement

"PawPaw Journal" mimics an antique naturalist's journal, an object from the past. The painting of the pawpaw on the hand-made journal depicts the plant as an early botanist might see it, connecting the past to the present. Without human care, the four petal pawpaw could easily disappear, and this work would become just another image of loss – something to look at in a museum for a few seconds.

 

FLOR 307 Fourpetal Pawpaw
Photo credit:  Betty Wargo



Fourpetal Pawpaw
(Asimina tetramera)

For more information about this flower please visit
Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants Institute for Systematic Botany


Five hundred Florida artists are sought to create art for FLOR500, a participatory art, nature, and history project that marks the importance of the moment when the history of Florida changed forever and gives a glimpse of what its landscape was like 500 years ago. Developed by Xavier Cortada, director and artist-in-residence of FIU’s College of Architecture + The Arts’ Office of Engaged Creativity, the project commemorates Florida’s quincentenary in 2013. For more information click here.


 

 

FIU College of Architecture + The Arts


Xavier Cortada
Artist-in-Residence
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.






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