Linda Toigo: A WARNING TO WANTONS
An altered book where
old botanical images have been printed within the pages of a romantic
novel; the images have been specifically researched and chosen for their similarity to
In his botanical
classification in Species Plantarum, Swedish physician Linnaeus raised
disapproval in his colleagues and ended up being called a botanical
pornographer for his
choice of organizing plants based on their reproductive organs (sexual system). He was
actually having fun in finding plant names based on human anatomy.
This episode of
suspected botanical perversion is the inspiration for the altered book, created
for the Symposium Perversions of Paper.
Does the perversion lay
in the viewer eye, that sees phallic symbols in harmless mushrooms?
Or is it instead in the maker of the book, that obsessively researches and sums up
Thank you to Alessandro
Solci for his precious botanical advice. 2014