Shannon Rankin
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The Simpling Series is reminiscent of the Rorschach inkblot test, and loosely based on the art of simpling, an early form of herbalism. This practice suggests that the shape and color of medicinal plants carry clues to their proper uses in healing. By utilizing these healing properties, ailments can be treated with the plant or plant part that most resembles the ailing body part.

Each vellum collage was created by cutting organic and geometric forms from colorful sheets of vellum and layered to create one-of-a-kind patterns. A variety of colorful forms emerge - suggesting blossoms, stems, fruit, leaves and geometric totems.