The Breathing Encyclopedia of Nature
( E. H. Gaborovna — 2014 )
Lexikons are a great collection of human knowledge, but they have their own limits.
I love tea, I prefer traditional medicine, I have a big garden full of plants, and I have books trying to tell me which plants are edible, useful and which ones are poisonous. But except a very few I don’t use them. I don’t dare to use them. There are great descriptions of them in the books, photos even, but I can never be absolutely sure if I’m correct, if the plant I’m looking at is really that one or something close to it, or something pretending to be that one. I don’t want to poison myself. That is where the idea came from.
What if encyclopedies had there the exact thing they are talking about? Exactly that leaf, exactly that flower, right there, real. Not in a stylized, perfect illustraion, not a 2d photo showing only as much as it can. The plant, the beautifully unperfect plant, the way it is in the nature, the way I can see it, the way I can find it.
What if both of them were actually there: the perfect and the unperfect? To show that I went with geometrically “edited” illustrations. All of them edited from a complex pattern of circles, because the circles are counted to be the “most perfect form”.
What if it was not only for plants?
What if everything was there?
What if science was alive within the book?
This is the concept I worked on.
My visual theory.
(exam project – 2014)
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