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  • “"Wild Cucumber"”

    (2) 6x6" Botanical Casts

Georgia Stenz

  • Art
I am an Art Professional

artist bio

I am a self-taught artist who creates botanical plaster casts that are both tactile and sculptural in nature. I’ve been creative as long as I can remember, and my love of plants and flowers also began at a very young age. Some of my very first memories include helping my mom in her herb garden and planting our family’s vegetable garden with my dad. It only made sense to combine my two passions.

Flowers bring people happiness and joy. Finding a way to immortalize them forever, long after they would have otherwise wilted or faded away, is the most rewarding part of my work.

artist statement

Making botanical plaster casts begins by pressing flowers and foliage into a slab of earthen clay. The most intricate details of each blossom and leaf are transferred during this process. After carefully removing the pressed flowers, a frame is placed on the slab and plaster is poured. Once the plaster has dried, the clay mold is peeled away, revealing the raised impression.

What makes these creations so special is the presentation of familiar flowers in the most unfamiliar fashion. Without the blossoms’ recognizable colors, it forces the observer to appreciate the flowers in a unexpected, yet interesting way. I love using the wildflowers growing in the ditches of the country roads around my house. Many people would say that I’m using the “weeds” of the plant world, but after the delicate details of each leaf and petal are cast, it’s easy to see that they are majestic in their own rite.