Bonsai, meaning “to plant in a tray,” is a tradition that originated in China about 2,000 years ago and later traveled to Japan. To cultivate a bonsai, a horticulture artist starts with cutting, seedling or small specimen of a woody-stemmed tree or shrub and then trains the plant to grow in a certain way, by pruning leaves and wiring branches into a desired shape. The goal is to create a miniature tree that looks natural, despite the artist’s constant manipulations. - Continue reading at Smithsonian.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Jonathan Singer
Ed note: Singer’s Botanica Magnifica features beautifully photographed flowers and even earned a place in the National Museum of Natural History’s rare book room.
Opening next month, Zeitgeist Gallery in Nashville will show works by Nashville-based photographer Caroline Allison. Caroline is an influence and mentor of mine, and I was lucky enough to study under her during my senior thesis dissertation in the Department of Art and Art History at Sewanee while our tenured professor Pradip Malde was on sabbatical. I’m excited to see some of her new work focusing on themes of communication.