The ancient people had a great respect for nature. They believed in the spirituality of the universe. While worshipping the nature, they also learned how to humbly co-exist with it. This attitude may be hardly observed in our modern civilized society, but it is, in fact, expressed in a different manner if you examine carefully.
The Los Angeles based creative agency and independent publishing house Zioxla has recently published the third book of the Strange Plants series. Strange Plants III continues with the dialogue in the first two books to talk about nature. Through distinctive points of view and the use of various media, the discourse of fifty artists is put into three sections namely “Pollination”, “Petals” and “Regrowth”. The most captivating unit among the contributors could well be Synchrodogs, the photographer couple from Ukraine. The picture they made with a nude lady crouching in a desert was even featured as the book cover. Each of the other contributors renders a plant in their own aesthetic. The cactus field drawn by the American artist Rosson Crow has a dazzling gradation of magical colors that is an exceptional feast for the eyes; The artist from New York, Othelo Gervacio, who once had a collaboration with the streetwear brand Off-White created humorous illustrations of fabulous and withering flowers juxtaposed together. Using a contemporary illustration style, the clashing images are Gervacio’s medium to invite viewers to question the nature of offering flowers as gifts.
The artists used their own bizarrely charming presentation to express their thoughts on nature. Through the grotesque images, readers are led to a special journey of reexamining the surrounding world that would make a big impression on their mind.