Doug Beube
Inflorescence

2002
altered books, wheat grass, wooden boxes
varying sizes
Seed Words and Genesis are works in my Inflorescence series. Inflorescence, meaning “bloom,” refers to the plant world—but also, by extension, to books rediscovered in the context of the series. In the digital age, the printed and bound book, though still highly functional and aesthetically appealing, has become in many respects an antiquated engineering practice. Nevertheless, the book retains the power to propagate information, seed new ideas, take root, and even grow and change over time in the mind of the reader. To come upon shoots and “leaves” sprouting and blossoming amid a more familiar kind of seedbed or “plot” is to renew our sense of the book’s perennial force.
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