The Paper Garde; an ode to Mary Delany

Works On Paper

Cut paper accordion book, 14x100cm

In the late 1700s Mary Delany executed 985 botanically correct, breathtaking paper cut flowers, found in the British Museum and known as the Flora Delanica. As a tribute I have used her flowers in the silhouette style of her time and created an accordion book. Closed, the piece is unknown; much like Mary's work. Open, the individual flowers reveal a complex and delicate arrangement casting a fluid and changing shadow reflecting Mary's oeuvre and nodding to the tradition of Botanical work.

by Lee Bethel