Botanical artist sophie parker (@wifenyc ) creates sculptures from real plants and flowers she hand-paints or reshapes.
“i consider the fusion of the natural and artificial elements in my work as a kind of new hybrid species. it is interesting to blur the boundaries that separate the organic world from the man-made world and explore how the two can relate to each other in a compelling way,” she says. “i like to let the plant itself guide me as i make a piece, allowing new facets of its character to be accentuated through added form and color.”
sophie previously created large garden-scapes on canvas and velvet, but one day, she pulled her paintbrush across a real-life leaf and everything changed.
“plants stir within us a very beautiful reminder that we, as humans, are part of nature instead of separate from it. the presence of a bloom or a fresh leaf has a gentle and profound effect on the soul. i want to make something that would invite you to play among the leaves and blooms, something truly wild and unexpected.”
photos by @wifenyc