Alina Bliumis, Amateur Flora Watching at Passport Control, Album 2016-2017, Series of 46 works on paper, 12x9 inches each, Relief etching on paper, Unique. 

AMATEUR FLORA WATCHING AT PASSPORT CONTROL

Amateur Flora Watching at Passport Control focuses on the plants which are featured on passport covers from countries around the world. From lilies to tobacco, from Algeria to Zimbabwe, this series explores the intersection of nature and nation.

Plants are often one part of a national system of hereditary symbols, or a coat of arms, and appear debossed in metallic gold on passport covers. I spotted 88 plants or plant-related elements on 46 passport covers.

For the series, I isolated each plant from its national symbolic context and drew it true to the source, with a focus on the species’ characteristics: an evergreen cedar (Lebanon), a giant Victoria water lily (Guyana), the most produced cereal, a maze (Kenya) and a floral heraldic emblem, the Tudor rose (the United Kingdom).

Each plant was drawn on a copper plate, etched and one copy printed. Prints are organized in five groups: Flora of North America, South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia/Australia.

Amateur Flora Watching at Passport Control, Album 2016-2017 is comprised of 46 works on paper, 12x9 inches each, relief etching on paper, unique.