Botanical Artist Lara Call Gastinger on Seeing Scents
The illustrator of the new book “Scent: A Natural History of Fragrance” talks about the deep value of slowing down and looking closely at plants.
By Mara Fisher
August 17, 2022
7 minute read
For botanical artist and illustrator Lara Call Gastinger, the treasures of fields and forests reveal themselves in a profusion of shapes, colors, and textures. Gastinger's meticulous drawings and paintings operate in continual dialogue with the natural world, drawing upon processes (such as fluorescence, dormancy, and decay) and plant structures (including roots, stems, and seed pods) that demonstrate a world of beauty that goes beyond just that which is simply in bloom.
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